It started as an idea back in 1978. Now roughly 30 years later, the construction of the Clarksville Marina is underway. The ground breaking ceremony was held at the Fairgrounds Park yesterday, to a standing room only crowd.
Jim Durrett introduced Mayor Johnny Piper to a round of applause . Mayor Piper thanked all of the individuals who served on committees over the years that worked on the project, and helped bring it to a reality. Mayor Piper stated, “It is a testament to those that are in this city who commit to a project knowing that it’s the best for the city, and that it needs to be done, and that they stayed focused to be able to get it done.”
Bruce Lundy spoke for J.J.R. Consultants, the design firm for the Marina project. Greg Batts, the private developer for the project also said a few words about the marina and the plans for redeveloping the area. Batts said “This is not just going to be a marina. This is not going to be just a place for someone with a boat, to park a boat. We are dedicated to making this a destination that people will want to come and spend lots of time at.”
The development will also include walking trails, playgrounds, ballfields, hiking, an larger dog park, amphitheater and an expanded pond for fishing and paddle boats. Long term plans also include restaurants and shops. This represents one giant step for Clarksville Tennessee,” said Mayor Piper.