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Clarksville Parks and Recreation Report for October 16th, 2016


Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – The 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: Fort Defiance Haunting, Youth Basketball League, Fright on Franklin and Zombie 5k Chase Race.

Fright on Franklin

Fright on Franklin

Fort Defiance offers Haunting Experience

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween at Fort Defiance event on Friday, October 28th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the fort located at 120 Duncan Street.

Visitors are invited to gather around the bonfire to listen to four haunting tales of woe and terror based upon historical events. Don’t be afraid, Fort Defiance isn’t haunted…we think!

This event is free and open to the public, and is recommended for ages eight and up.

For more information, please contact the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center at 931.472.3351.

Zombie 5K Chase Race

Zombie 5K Chase Race set for October 29th.

The Clarksville’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Clarksville Zombie Hunters have teamed up to host the Zombie 5K Chase Race.

Find out how fast you can escape as zombies take over Liberty Park on Saturday, October 29th beginning at 7:00am.

Try and survive the apocalypse by using your brains and disguises to outsmart hungry zombies along the 3.1 mile course.

You’ll need endurance, stamina and quick wit to survive this 5K – your life depends on it! All fitness levels are welcome.

Open to ages 5 and up. Strollers are permitted, but must begin at the back of the race for safety.


Registration is available online at or in person at the Clarksville Parks and Recreation office located at 102 Public Square.

Course Options

Timed 5K
Early Bird Rate: $30.00

Fee increases to $35.00 on October 18th

Runners will endure a 5K run through a zombie-infested course. Test your speed, endurance, and strength while trying to avoid ravenous zombies! *This race is limited to the first 500 registrants and includes a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Participants in this race are eligible for awards.

Non-Timed 5K
Early Bird Rate: $20.00

Fee increases to $25.00 on October 18th

Same zombie infested 5K course as the timed event, but for the non-competitive type. This race is about having a good time. Feel free to run, walk, skip, or hop! *This race is limited to the first 500 registrants and includes a t-shirt. Participants in this race will not receive a finisher’s medal or be eligible for awards.

Family Fun Run
Early Bird Rate: $15.00

Fee increases to $20.00 on October 18th

This race is intended for those 10-years and younger who want to participate with their parents and siblings, but may not have the endurance for a whole 3.1 miles. *There is no limit on participant registration and includes a t-shirt. Participants in this race will not receive a finisher’s medal or be eligible for awards.

Costume Contest

This is a contest for the most believable zombie. All contest contestants must be a registered race participant to compete in the costume contest. Costume contest will be divided into two age groups: Under 18 and Adult. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each division.

Zombie Attacks

No direct or intentional contact with another runner or zombie is permitted (course monitors will be present). Runners cannot push other runners into zombies. No fake (or real) weapons allowed. Violators of this rule may be asked to leave the premises.

Additional Information:

  • Registration will close at 11:59pm on October 27th. We will not be offering walk-up registration during event.
  • After registration, visit the Clarksville Zombie Hunters website and use code “ZOMBIE5K” to receive $1.00 off a hayride.
  • T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed when you register by October 15th. T-shirt availability and sizes may be limited or unavailable for registrations received on or after October 16th.
  • Packet pick-up will be held Friday, October 28th from 3:00pm-6:00pm and Saturday, October 29th beginning at 7:15am at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.
  • Rain or shine event. No refunds.

Liberty Park is located at 1190 Cumberland Drive.

The Zombie 5K Chase Race is presented by Clarksville Parks and Recreation and the Clarksville Zombie Hunters. Chip timing provided and by the Clarksville Running Club.

Fright on Franklin

The 8th Annual Fright on Franklin, presented by The City of Clarksville and Altra Federal Credit Union, will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in Downtown Clarksville.

This free, family-friendly event is for adults and kids of all ages and will feature safe trick-or-treating, a hayride, costume contests, and much more!

Once again, pre-registration for the costume contests is required. There will be no registration the day of the event.

Contest participants can register online now through October 27th at the Clarksville Parks and Recreation office (102 Public Square) or online at

The contest is free to enter. Register early; there are a limited number of spots per category.

Categories include Newborn to two-years-old at 3:15pm, three- to six-years-old at 3:45pm, seven- to nine-years-old at 4:15pm, 10- to 12-years-old at 4:45pm, and group costumes at 5:15pm.

Preference will be given to original costumes in all age categories. Registrants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to check-in. All costumes should be in good taste and appropriate for a family event.

Fright on Franklin will also feature 70 trick-or-treat booths, pumpkin bowling, a hayride, photo booth and food vendors!

To apply to be a vendor, visit

Youth Basketball League

Clarksville Parks and Recreation's Youth Basketball League

Is your child interested in playing basketball this winter? The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer a Youth Basketball League for boys and girls ages 7 to 15.

The fee is $65.00 per participant. Each player will receive a jersey, water bottle and award.

Practices will be held at local school gymnasiums beginning November 1st and games will be held each Saturday beginning December 3rd at the Burt-Cobb Community Center, Crow Community Center and the Kleeman Community Center. The season will run approximately eight weeks.

Registration for the league opened September 2nd and is available online at Registration is also available in-person at the City’s Recreation Centers, as well as at Clarksville Parks and Recreation, located at 102 Public Square. First-time registrants must provide child’s birth certificate for age verification.

Interested in a leadership role on the court? Clarksville Parks and Recreation is seeking coaches! Our youth leagues rely heavily on the generosity of parents and volunteers to provide coaching support. There is no experience required and training will be provided.

For more details on Youth Recreation Leagues, please contact Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931.645.7476.

About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department OfficeThe mission of the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is to provide a variety of positive recreational experiences to enhance life values for individuals, families, and our diverse culture.

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.

To learn more call 931.645.7476.




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