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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wow, I haven't updated this blog in a while; it is long overdue. Here is the Cliff's Notes version.

Had a workday last month. Went great. About 15 showed. Some old logging roads closed and erosion addressed. Fine tuning, grooming, and benching on the new White Oak extension above the small Boy Scout bridge. This includes 3 rolling grade dips for erosion control. Lots of old tornado damage cut and fell to the ground. Decay expedited.

Now, to the fun part. I have flagged and sketched in a large section of the White Oak that connects the new section we worked on in Nov. to the other side of the creek. In the month of Nov., I laid out over ½ a mile of new trail and have a large amount of it open. Thanks to TTA for the chainsaw – that has sped up the process. General clearing and grooming needs to occur on the new stuff to get it open. It will need to be benched but no hurry on that. This will take two point-to-point trails and make them a complete loop WITHIN THE PARK BOUNDARIES.

YOUR HELP NEEDED

I'm working over there when I can but have other duties to complete very soon for Stacy for the grant application. I don't want to schedule a workday in Dec., we are all busy enough. But, if you can go to the park on your own and do a little work it would go a long way. Here is what needs to be done: the new trail that I have laid out needs to be cleared of small brush and the like. I have raked it as clear as I can but it is still not completely passable. If any of you could go and work on this it would be wonderful. Even just an hour's worth of clearing would go a long way. The area that needs particular attention is the area through the TVA easement.

If you do not know what trail I am talking about, it is located in the back of the park just above the creek and past the bowl/campfire area near the creek. If that still doesn't make sense, just call or e-mail me. PLEASE HELP!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Chris

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