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Posted on: May 24, 2023

Clarksville Parks & Recreation Requests Public Input for Bel-Aire Park Improvement Project

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –Clarksville Parks and Recreation is inviting the public to provide public input for the Bel Aire Park Improvement Project. 

These discussions will be held on May 30 at Kleeman Recreation Center and May 31 at Bel-Aire Park. Both sessions will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for community members to contribute their preferences regarding the future development of the park.

The purpose of these talks is to gather input from residents and park users following the recent discovery of a void beneath Bel-Aire Pool. A comprehensive geological study was conducted, revealing that the void may pose a safety risk, making it impossible to repair and reopen the pool. Consequently, the decision has been made to permanently close Bel-Aire Pool.

"We understand the disappointment that the permanent closure of the Bel Aire Pool may bring to our community, but the safety of our residents is our utmost priority," said Jennifer Letourneau, Director of Clarksville Parks and Recreation. "We are committed to transforming this area into a space that will continue to enhance the recreational opportunities available to our residents."

In order to determine the future of Bel-Aire Park & Pool, Clarksville Parks and Recreation has identified four potential options to consider. These options include the development of a skate park, establishment of outdoor pickleball courts, creation of an enhanced playground, or  construction of an athletic field. The public input sessions will serve as a platform for individuals to voice their preferences and offer suggestions for the transformation of the park.

The sessions will allow citizens to engage in discussions with Parks and Recreation representatives, and provide feedback on their preferred option for the Bel-Aire Park Improvement Project. The input received will be taken into careful consideration during the decision-making process.

"We encourage all members of the community, and especially those in the surrounding neighborhood, to attend these meetings and share their valuable insights with us," added Letourneau. "This is an opportunity for us to work together and shape the future of Bel Aire Park, ensuring that it meets the needs and desires of our residents for years to come."

Community members that are unable to attend the public input sessions can still provide input through an online form found at this link. https://bit.ly/3pKjy14

For more information about the Bel Aire Park Improvement Project and the public input opportunities, please visit the Clarksville Parks and Recreation website at ClarksvilleParksRec.com or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 931-645-7476 or by email at parksrec@cityofclarksville.com.

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