As the Robert Clark Natural Area and Clarksville Blueway Adventure Point was having its ribbon cutting, another North Clarksville outdoor recreation area was the focus of family-friendly fun. Billy Dunlop Park was having a full day of activity on its own right.
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies of Hopkinsville, KY was performing a community service project at the park’s playground area. The company’s personnel were engaged in conducting a facelift project of the playground area which consisted of replacing the gravel that covers the playground with a softer wood mulch, clearing out brush near the walking bridge and painting a fence. The bulldozer drivers were skillful and swift in bringing in the soft wood mulch and their co-workers adeptly spread the mulch across the playground area. The fence crew worked at repairing loose planks, replacing those too worn to remain and replaced them with new ones. The painting soon followed. The final component of the project was the clearing away of underbrush and overgrowth.
While the playground was getting a new face, Cub Scout Den 185 was conducting fishing badge trials at the water’s edge. About twenty-five young cubs, along with parents and adult supporters lined the banks and tried their hands at handling worms and learned to cast their lines into the cold water. One luck fellow was the hero of the day, catching a very respectable two-pound small mouth bass. Many families were also in the park enjoying the day’s good weather and letting their little ones get acquainted with the wonders of nature.
Amid all this activity, the canoes and kayaks from the Blueway began to reach their disembarkation point. All watercraft safely came into the park’s disembarkation point and smiles graced every face as kayakers, individual and teams, hauled their craft ashore and reported to the control table to document their trip and record the event credit.
All in all, a busy for one of the city’s truly under-appreciated recreation treasures.
[Turner McCullough Jr./JazzWaves Imaging Solutions]