Friends of Rotary Park

This is a service provided to the users of Rotary Park in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee. It is hosted by Friends of Rotary Park, a newly formed volunteer group that is dilligently working to improve the trail network at the park. This site provides information about current, past, and future trail development.

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Rotary Park is a county-owned natural park in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee. It consists of two adjoining tracts of land that make up about 95 acres of mostly undeveloped, wooded land. There is one park entrance/exit that is paved and runs to the back of the park. There are three pavilions along the roadway with the largest being at the road's end. Rotary Park has an extensive trail network and is open to hikers and bikers. The new push for extensive trail work is necessary because most trails were improperly built by ATVs and motorcycles. Motorized vehicles are now banned from the park. Furthermore, the trails are showing signs of serious erosion. Most recently, a large amount of sustainable trail located outside of the park's boundary has been taken by development. The Friends of Rotary Park is dedicated to restoring and improving the park. Those interested in joining Friends of Rotary Park can do so by contacting Chris Clark at 931-801-3898. Dues are $25.00 for a family membership.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Work Today

Gang:

Although I am not quite caught up on my Fall yard work, I'm taking the afternoon to go work in the park, weather permitting. It is last minute and certainly not an official "workday", however, I thought I would put the word out in case anyone is free this afternoon and wants to come and help. My work will be in the new section of the White Loop where we worked on our last official workday. That is above the small Boy Scout bridge leading towards the back of the park.

I will be benching and making improvements to the trail tread. We did a great job on our last trail day, however, the dry conditions kept the soil from bonding; some of it has blown away. With the chance of rain at 40%, today is a great day to reconfigure the trail tread. If you come, bring your Maddox, a leaf rake, and/or a bowhead rake. If you can't bring tools but would still like to come help, don't sweat it. I am bringing extra tools and can share if you don't have any.

Also, as soon as the underbrush dies down from summer, I will be flagging the remainder of the White Oak Loop. When that is done, volunteers can go to the park at their leisure and begin clearing, i.e. you will not need an official workday to do the work. I hope to have the large loop open by Spring but it will take folks going to the park and working on their own.

Also, a special thanks to Kurt Kowalski for leading a pack of Cub Scouts as they completely closed off one of the troublesome logging roads. They did a fantastic job and have solved what was fast becoming an errosion problem. Kurt has posted up on the Boy and Cub Scout leaders message board letting local leaders know about the need at Rotary Park. Both the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have been great partners in the rebuilding and maintenance of Rotary Park. Thanks, guys.

Happy trails,

Chris

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