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Clarksville, TNThe weekly Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Report provides Clarksvillians with a glimpse at the activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family. This weeks highlights include:

  • Downtown Market
  • Summer Youth Programs
  • Hershey Track and Field
  • Movies in the Park
  • Independence Day Celebration
The winner of the Womans Limbo Contest at Movies in the Park

The winner of the Womans Limbo Contest at Movies in the Park

Downtown Market

This weekend when you stop by the Downtown Market, you can help a good cause. Boy Scouts of America will be collecting donations for The Fisher House of Fort Campbell. The Fisher House is a place where families of wounded service members can stay while their loved one is undergoing prolonged treatment and recovery at the Veteran Affairs Hospital.

The Boy Scouts will be accepting donations in the form of canned goods, boxed food and monetary donations. They will be at the market all morning from 8a.m.-1p.m. This is an excellent way to show your patriotism on Independence Day and thank the soldiers who have worked hard to defend our freedom.

As always, the Downtown Market will offer a variety of locally produced items. Nursery stock, fresh produce, homemade crafts and baked goods are just a few of the things you will find at the market this weekend.

Niki Crowe the manager of the New Downtown Market

Niki Crowe the manager of the New Downtown Market

Summer Youth Program

A summer youth program participant with a staff member.

A summer youth program participant and staff member.

This year’s Summer Youth Program began June 8.  So far, the kids are having a great time playing with friends and learning new things at their program sites. The program has continued to grow over the years. This year all but three of the sites are filled to capacity.

If you would like for your child to participate in the remainder of the Summer Youth Program, there are still a few spaces available. Burt Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Byrns Darden have a limited number of spaces available. If you would like to enroll your child, you can take him or her to one of the sites to register.

Hershey Track and Field

The Hershey Track and Field Competition took place June 20. Six local youth athletes advanced to and competed in the state level competition. All six of these participants finished in the top three of their categories. Bethany Rich placed first in the 11-12 Year Old Girls’ Standing Long Jump. Caitlyn Rich received first place in the 13-14 Year Old Girls’ Softball Throw. Alaysia Johnson competed in the 9-10 Year Old Girls’ category winning first place in the Softball Throw, second in the 50 Meter Dash and third in the 100 Meter Dash.

Congratulations to all the young Clarksvillians who competed in the State Competition.

Movies in the Park held Saturday

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park was held on Saturday evening. Well over a hundred people showed up to catch a free screening of the animated feature Madagascar 2 Escape to Africa. The pre-show games included a limbo contest for youths and adults. The next movies in the Park will be held at Heritage Park on Saturday July 18th 2009.

Independence Day Celebration

The City of Clarksville will be celebrating our nation’s independence this Friday night at McGregor Park. This is the third year for the Independence Day Celebration, and it is expected to be better than ever.

Performers Traci Koon, Diana Pelham, The Groove Fellas and the 198th Army Band will provide live music throughout the evening. The night will culminate with an 18 minute fireworks show, the largest in Clarksville.

Food vendors will be offering a wide variety of favorite foods like kettle corn, hotdogs, smoothies, homemade ice cream, cheesecake on a stick, shaved ice, schnitzel and more.

Event guests are encouraged to park at the Austin Peay State University Dunn Center. The Clarksville Transit System will be providing free transportation to and from the event. The first bus leaves for McGregor Park at 5:30p.m., and the last will leave McGregor promptly at 10:15p.m. following the fireworks display.

In order to prepare for Friday night’s event, McGregor Park will be closed to the public prior to the event beginning Thursday night at 8p.m.

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