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Hidden treasure: Billy Dunlop Park

Serenity lies within a tucked away park on Needmore Road between 101st Parkway and Tiny Town Road. Billy Dunlop Park brings us a manicured, lush green lawn bordered with old growth trees and the gentle rolling West Fork of the Red River. Every time we’ve been here we see how well this park is maintained, including a new addition to the park: a walking bridge across the river.

Boy Scout Troop 569 spent the night here in tents and wake to a campfire, clear blue sky and cool spring temperatures. Cub Master Terry Guertin and Weblo Leader and Committee Chairman Juli Paulin gathered the troop together for a picture for ClarksvilleOnLine [below]. Juli told me that the bridge over the river was used for “cross over” ceremonies the evening before. Cross-over ceremonies are held as the troops reach new accomplishments; part of the ceremony is that they not only share their memories but also anticipate what they will accomplish in the future. Across the park, Cub Scout Troop 503 also spent the night.

Boy Scout Troop 509 camps at Billy Dunlop Park

On this early Saturday morning David and Randall Boen [below] come to collect and test water samples for the Four Rivers Watershed Watch.

This park has a huge Pavilion that can be rented for weddings, parties or scouts. It has restrooms, playground areas and picnic tables. Fishing happens here but be advised of no swimming (snakes in the waters).

Cub Scout Pack 503 camping out

For more information on water testing, refer to http://kywater.org/watch/default.htm.

Photos by Debbie Boen

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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