102 Public Square
Clarksville, TN 37042
The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages. Within the City of Clarksville, the department maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities.
The city provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters. Several of the parks throughout Clarksville also feature restrooms, open play areas, basketball pads, tennis courts and ball fields. Additionally, the CPRD maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as five public swimming pools.
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To provide a variety of positive recreational experiences to enhance life values for individuals, families, and our diverse culture.
- Service excellence to citizens and stakeholders
- Improving citizens’ lives through facilities, programming, and events based on community needs
- Protecting the community’s investment in parks and recreation infrastructure.
- Utilizing networking, collaboration and partnerships to achieve outstanding results
- Inclusion and diversity in programming and our workforce
- Stewardship of our natural environment
A healthy community where every citizen has access to fun, safe, and affordable services and facilities to meet their recreation & leisure needs.
- Provide excellent customer service
- Pursue citizen input to develop services and keep customers informed of what is available
- Offer affordable programming that meets the needs of the community
- Maintain Parks and Recreation assets to ensure delivery of excellent ser-vice
- Produce festivals and events that celebrate our community’s heritage, cul-ture and diversity
To stay up-to-date on the latest that Parks & Recreation has to offer, look out for our program guides. Guides are printed quarterly and are available at our main office as well as our other facilities. Pick your free copy up today!
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You can now register from many of our leagues, events, and programs from the comforts of your own home! Visit http://recpro.cityofclarksville.com today!
Recreational Trails System - Click to view our current trail guide!
The RiverWalk is the launch pad for the city’s recreational trails and Greenway system. The RiverWalk, Uplands Trail, and Clarksville Greenway are part of the Rails to Trails initiative, which transforms scenic abandoned railroad rights of way and river corridors into walking and biking trails. These trails also link various parks together throughout the city.
The North RiverWalk Extension, which consists of a 12-foot sidewalk, park benches, picnic tables, lighting, landscaping and irrigation, was recently completed from Pilot’s Plaza (behind O’Charleys) to the confluence of the Cumberland and Red rivers, as well as a pad for future mixed use development. The RiverWalk is also the venue for several of Clarksville’s special events, including the Independence Day Celebration, Riverfest and Christmas on the Cumberland.
The Uplands Trail is a walking path in the heart of downtown that was implemented by the community in the late 1990’s. The trail currently links the RiverWalk to an overlook bridge at the north end of Valleybrook Park. This portion of the project extended the trail from the pedestrian overpass on Riverside Drive and College Street, alongside many of Clarksville’s historical buildings and homes, and utilizes an unused railroad bridge near the park. The remainder of Phase II will one day continue the trail into Valleybrook Park.
The Clarksville Greenway is the latest addition to the city’s recreational trails system, and it is already garnering statewide recognition for environmental stewardship as well as popularity among citizens. The Clarksville Greenway is a walking, biking and hiking trail situated in North Clarksville along the banks of the Red River and West Fork Creek and utilizes abandoned railroad bed right-of-way property, as well as several donated tracts of land.
The Clarksville Greenway preserves a natural space for alternative transportation from the downtown area to the north side of town. Native species of plants and animals are provided a place to live and reproduce throughout the corridor, and environmentally friendly materials were used in construction. The community also benefits because natural areas help clean the air and water, provide flood storage and protection, reduce erosion, as well as offer educational resources.
Clarksville Blueway In September 2013, the access point at Robert Clark Park opened for public use for canoeists, paddle boarders, kayakers to enjoy the still linear bodies of water. Other access points include McGregor Park, Billy Dunlop Park, Trice Landing and Liberty Park. Need equipment? Call one of the following outfitters: Run-A-Muck Outfitters at 931-551-6606 or Blueway Adventure at 931-320-8466.
Civil War Sites
Fort Defiance, 120 Duncan Street, is a Civil War outpost that overlooks the Cumberland and Red rivers. The 4-acre site, a city park, includes a walking trail and interpretive center, along with some of the best preserved earth works in the nation. The fort’s interpretive center building was opened in April 2011, which coincided with the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Admission is free. Spring/Summer Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5pm. Fall/Winter Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Liberty Park & Clarksville Marina
In March 2009, the City of Clarksville unveiled plans for a marina and redevelopment of its fairgrounds, which was renamed Liberty Park. The marina features numerous covered and uncovered boat slips. Adjoined to the marina is the new Liberty Park featuring amenities such as four boat ramps, open field space, a dog park, 10-acre pond, boardwalks and walking trails, an amphitheatre, and new Wilma Rudolph Pavilion and Freedom Pointe buildings for special events and meeting space.
In May 2011, the four-lane boat ramp and two boat docks were opened for weekend use only to allow for better access to the Cumberland River during boating season. In May 2012 the park opened to the public. The Wilma Rudolph and Freedom Point Event Centers opened their doors to the public in the September 2012 and have been host to a wide variety of events. Most recently, an outdoor fitness gym was added as part of a yearlong Challenge Based Learning program at Clarksville Academy. Future plans for the marina and Liberty Park include retail and residential development in the area.
Clarksville also boasts a number of sports facilities. Heritage Park has eight soccer fields, four softball fields, four baseball fields, and two full-court basketball pads, which offers youth and adult sports enthusiasts venues for recreational and league play as well as a number of local, state and national tournaments. The facility also features two playgrounds, a concessions/restroom building, and a skate park.
A partner agreement with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System allows the department to use additional facilities to provide play areas for youth baseball and softball in local neighborhoods. Baseball and softball fields are located at Smith and Barksdale Elementary Schools and at Stokes Field behind New Providence Middle School.
An eight-court tennis facility can be found at Swan Lake Sports Complex along with horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, lighted softball fields, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool with 100-foot water slide.
In December 2010, a nine-hole disc golf course was added to Barbara E. Johnson Park.
The City of Clarksville operates five public swimming pools and offers swim lessons throughout the summer months. The city’s pools open at the end of May and close at the first of August. Swim passes are available and can be purchased at the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department office or any of the city’s community centers. Several of the pools feature water slides or other aquatic play equipment.
In January 2011, a dome was put over New Providence swimming pool to allow for year-round use. The Indoor Aquatic Center is open from October through May; the dome is then removed and the pool is open for outdoor use.
The city’s three community centers offer a variety of fitness and recreational programs as well as activities geared specifically for youth, adults, and senior citizens. Each community center has a gymnasium, racquetball courts, weight rooms, game room, and meeting rooms.
Programs and Special Events
The Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department coordinates a Summer Program for Youth that provides safe and entertaining recreational activities for youth ages 6-16. With this program, school gymnasiums and Housing Authority community buildings are modified to a “Community Center” setting with table games, ping-pong, numerous tournaments, arts and crafts, and special activities.
Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of activities for youth, adults and seniors throughout the other seasons as well. During the winter months, citizens can take advantage of the Winter Gym program, which opens doors to a local gymnasium for the public to utilize nightly. Both men’s and youth basketball leagues also play at community centers on weeknights. Young athletes have the chance to participate in skill contests like Hershey Track & Field.
In June 2012, a new initiative, The Mayor’s Summer Night Lights, was created to reduce youth violence and crime, offer hope, and develop a sense of community and neighborhood pride. In June 2013, They Mayor’s Summer Night Lights expanded from two locations to four. With the help of many businesses and organizations, the Kleeman Community Center, Summit Heights, Pettus Park and and Bel-Aire Park locations offer extended hour and expanded programming to provide lots of great activities to include basketball games, a weekly DJ, musical performances, guest speakers and more!
Special events throughout the year are coordinated to provide fitness and leisure activities to all segments of the population. Fitness events include the Kids Triathlon, Queen City Road Race, which features 7K, 5K and one-mile races, and local 50 Plus Olympics competitions. Family and leisure events and programming include the Family Campout, Yoga in the Park, Clarksville Downtown Market, Movies In the Park, Fright on Franklin, Riverfest, and Christmas on the Cumberland.
For more information about city parks, contact the Parks and Recreations Department at 102 and 104 Public Square, (931)645-7476, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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