CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Bel-Aire Park, a neighborhood green space on Marie Drive off of Peachers Mill Road, reopened Thursday with new and improved playground equipment.
“When I became Mayor, one thing that was very important to me, was ensuring we had recreational opportunities, parks and other amenities for all children to enjoy,” Mayor Kim McMillan said. “This was one of the parks that had been here quite a while, with heavy usage, but it wasn’t up to par, so we set out to change that.”
The park’s new playground equipment meets Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, said Jennifer Letourneau, Clarksville Parks & Recreation Director.
“The playground was originally built in 1994, and over the years, it’s received repairs and fresh coats of paint, but it was time for an equipment upgrade,” Letourneau said. “We have a lot of children who enjoy this park every day and this provides a community play experience for all to enjoy regardless of their ability.”
More than 50 children in the summer youth program at Kleeman Community Center had the opportunity to be the first on the new equipment after a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.
Construction of the new playground took about three days, with staff from the Parks & Recreation Department working until 10 p.m. several nights to ensure it was completed as quickly as possible, Letourneau said.
Additional details about Clarksville parks, events and activities are available at www.cityofclarksville.com, follow “Clarksville Parks and Recreation” on Facebook, or call (931) 645-7476.
PHOTOS CAPTION: Mayor Kim McMillan, joined by more than 50 children and staff from the Kleeman Community Center, cut a ribbon during the ribbon cutting ceremony at Bel-Aire Park June 7, 2018. The ceremony marked the official reopening of the park, after it received much needed equipment upgrades. Improvements include a new playground that meets the current guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Children from the Kleeman Community Center (above) enjoy the newly renovated Bel-Aire Park after the ribbon cutting ceremony June 7, 2018. The ceremony marked the official reopening of the park, after it received much needed equipment upgrades. Improvements include a new playground that meets the current guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act.