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You gotta be careful where you invest

Edith Pettus Park (Google Maps)
Edith Pettus Park (Google Maps)

It’s just a question of where you want to put your money. Clarksville City Council members last week balked at a $2.3 million Edith Pettus Park renovation plan.

It’s a good idea, but an expensive idea, one council member observed before retreating to his upper-class neighborhood not far from both private and city-operated golf courses.

Isn’t Pettus Park within sight of the new multi-million dollar Foy Fitness Center? How about the Governor’s Stadium complete with running track? Isn’t there a swimming pool and tennis courts adjacent to the Foy Center? What about the baseball fields, soccer fields, intramural fields, and just plain open fields, all within sight of Pettus Park? Can’t the kids around Pettus Park just have at it with those facilities?

Oh, rats. All those things are reserved for college students. Just across the street, the kids in the hood have only Pettus Park to keep them occupied. And, spending $2.3 million for a bunch of kids in the hood is, well, just not going to happen, the council member observed.

Within a few blocks of the hood are at least four big box churches with recreation facilities. Surely kids in the hood are welcome there. No, the doors there are locked tight. You can’t just let anybody loose in those places, you know.

Some of those churches have made tentative efforts to reach out over in the hood. But, there are problems with that. It’s really not safe, you know. You can’t take too many risks — back to Fort God secure behind the $75,000 electronically locking door system

The city? The churches? Individuals? Who’s going to take the risk to invest in the kids in the hood? There’s not much chance of it happening. There’s just not much return on investment with a bunch of kids in the hood. Now, about upgrades for that city golf course….

About Edith Pettus Park

The Logo of the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation
The Logo of the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation

This Project was Funded in Part by a Grant From the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Administered by the Recreation Educational Services Division, Tennessee Department of Environmental and Conservation as well as a Community Development Block Grant.

Park Rules & Info

  • Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • No Skates, Boards, Bikes or Motorized Objects In Play Area or Walkways.
  • All Pets Must Be Leashed
  • No Alcoholic Beverages or Profanity Allowed
  • No Smoking in Playground Areas
Edith Pettus Park
Edith Pettus Park

Facility Description

  • 2 Pavilions
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Open Fields
  • 9.8 Acres
Frank White
Frank Whitehttp://www.mediaworksdesign.com/
Frank White is a native of east Tennessee and reveres the hills and nature of the Cumberland Plateau and east Tennessee. He enjoys backpacking, canoeing and flyfishing. He and his wife, Natalie, have been Clarksville residents since 1979. Frank is the owner of MediaWorks, a design and printing company in Clarksville, TN. He earned a BS in mass communications and political science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master of arts in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism at Bloomington. He is a distinguished military graduate from ROTC at Indiana University and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve having also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He served with the U.S. Army VII Corps in Operation Desert Storm. Frank is a passionate follower of Christ and seeks to mentor others in exploring the endless depths of grace.

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