$400,000 approved for design of educational elements within the Park
Members of the Montgomery County delegation won approval of $400,000 in state funds for the design of the Interpretive Center within the Dunbar Cave State Park. Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), Rep. Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville), Rep. Phillip Johnson (R-Pegram) and Sen. Tim Barnes (D-Clarksville) worked with Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and the Montgomery County Commission’s Legislative Liaison committee, chaired by Commissioner Mark Banasiak, to secure the funds.
“This is an example of everyone being in the same harness, pulling together for a project that will have significant impact for our citizens,” said Pitts. “The new exhibit will strengthen an already popular attraction in our state and add educational value for students across the region.”
The intent of the funding is to develop educational elements that show visitors what makes Dunbar Cave a special place. The elements would interpret not only the natural area aspects of the cave but also the historic and prehistoric human uses of the site. These elements will likely include a combination of exhibits, interpretive signage and perhaps even a video.
“We are committed to investing in projects in our community that have broad appeal and improve the quality of life for our constituents,” said Johnson. “I am pleased to have been a part of this work to sustain a wonderful natural resource like Dunbar Cave, an important part of our community and state’s history.”
“We continue to work together to strengthen the quality of life for the future of our great community and its citizens,” states Bowers. “Dunbar Cave State Park is a true treasure, and we are pleased to have to opportunity to expand its educational offerings.”
“Every year thousands of people visit Dunbar Cave State Park. An Interpretive Center will expand the services and educational information available to our community and visitors,” said Barnes. “We cannot neglect to thank the Friends of Dunbar Cave, who have been the champions of the Park. They were instrumental in securing these funds and through their tireless efforts, they ensure that Dunbar Cave State Park will continue to be one of the state’s scenic landmarks.”
For more information about Dunbar Cave State Park please visit www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/DunbarCave/index.shtml