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July 16, 2014

Spur Line Trailhead pays homage to railroad history in Clarksville

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Montgomery County Government have opened a little known trail in downtown Clarksville at Commerce and First Streets: The Spur Line Trailhead Park.  This little stretch of peace ad quiet will link with the Cumberland Riverwalk.

The new trail was built between two railroad pylons and is brimming with landscaping and benches  that beckon visitors with the objective of finding peace, quiet and tranquility. The trail includes a pavilion at Second and Union Streets, paying homage to the Dog Hill community, and railroad bridge trusses that are part of Clarksville’s history.

Over 20 varieties of trees and plants have been installed along the trail, which links up with the city’s walking trails and sidewalks along Union Street.

County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and her staff held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday to welcome the public to the $670,000 park funded almost entirely by a  Federal Enhancement matching grant.

It has taken nearly 11 years to bring the park to fruition. The Spur Line Trail is named for the railroad spur that once ran through the neighborhood.

Originally the grant was for 80 percent of the cot, but that was later revised to 95% with the county only funding 5%.

The trailhead is phase one of a two-part development designed by the architectural firm of Lyle Cook & Martin Architects. The second phase involves development of a small .09 acre park at  Union Street.

Varying stage of the park development were handled by site designer DBS & Associates; landscape architect Hodgson Douglas, structural designer K&S Engineers,  contractor Fellowship Construction construction engineer inspector ICA Engineer.

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