READY FOR WINTER: 2020 Saturday Morning Program Schedule Released

skateColder weather is on the way, and the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is already working on a special program to keep area kids active and entertained during the winter months. Its called the Saturday Morning Program, or (SMP).

The program was created more than three decades ago with a goal of keeping Clarksville kids moving during the winter months. Activities include bowling, indoor swim, ice skating, gymnastics, and more. Over the years the program has grown in popularity so much, that often times the events fill up within a matter of hours of registration opening.

The FREE program is open to kids ages 5-12, and runs every Saturday from January 11th through March 14th. Each event lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours, and supervision is provided by our trained Parks Department staff. Parents are not required to stay during the events, so they also find the time useful for running errands without children in tow.fit trip

Registration for each activity opens one week in advance, beginning at Noon. For most events, space is limited to just 50 children, so parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible each week. The program is open to ALL southern Indiana kids, and you are not required to be a Clarksville resident.  Registration closes the Thursday before each event, or when the program is full. Parents may learn more about the program or register their children online at ClarksvilleParks.com, or by calling the Clarksville Parks office at 812-283-5313.

2020 Saturday Morning Program Schedule

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Ohio River Recreational Trail One Step Closer to Becoming Reality

kayak2The 274-mile long Ohio River Recreational Trail will receive planning assistance from the National Park Service from the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

“This is outstanding news!” according to David Wicks, co-director of the Ohio River Recreational Trail initiative.  “The National Park Service has tremendous experience in guiding the development of water trails throughout the country, and to receive planning assistance from them is quite an honor.”   The Ohio River Recreational Trail, ORRT, starts at Portsmouth, Ohio and ends in West Point, Kentucky, with Cincinnati as the halfway point.

Picture1“One of our goals is to create the resources people need to explore and enjoy the Ohio River valley, its beauty, towns, history and people”, stated Brewster Rhoads, trail co-director.  “This award will help us create a trail that will ultimately be recognized by the National Park Service as a National Water Trail.”  The ORRT will be a focal point in connecting with other National Park Service designated National Water Trails in the Ohio River basin.

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program recipients are selected following a competitive process.  Only eight projects will receive assistance this year in the southeastern US.  “Unique to the Ohio River Recreational Trail project is the multi-state focus of this trail,” commented Russel Clark, Landscape Architect with the National Park Service.  “There are three states involved in this project, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  As such, we will have two National Park Service offices working on this project, one in Ohio and one in Kentucky.”  The National Park Service will provide expert consultation to help spur local recreation, conservation and economic development opportunities.

 

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The trail will be usable from both land and water and will be supported by an on-line digital guide developed by Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments.    The digital guide will contain the information and resources needed for either land-based or water-based tourism.  The guide will provide details about the Ohio River such as marinas, locks and dams, weather and water condition information, as well as information on hiking and bicycling trails located along the river.  In addition, it will have links to river community websites and social media pages where local points of interest and amenities including lodging, restaurants and shops can be posted.

The second annual Ohio River Recreational canoe paddle will be held again in early summer of 2020.  For more information contact David Wicks, Co-Director, Louisville, KY., dwicks1@gmail.com or Brewster Rhoads, Co-Director, Cincinnati, OH, brewohio@gmail.com.  The Ohio River Recreational Trail and the digital guide should be ready for use by all in 2021.

More information is available on the Ohio River Recreational Trail FB page or visit the web page:   https://ohioriverrecreationtrail.org/

 

 

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Clarksville Breaks Ground on New Discovery Trail

 

July 18, 2019 (Clarksville, IN):  Clarksville is making a push to connect local communities with the addition of a new “Discovery Trail” through the heart of the Town. Officials from Indiana DNR joined with Town officials and project supporters to break ground on the trail, located near the Duke Energy property in Clarksville.

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Project partners break ground on the new Discovery Trail in Clarksville.  Partners include the Clarksville Town Council, Clarksville Redevelopment Commission, Indiana DNR, Clarksville Parks & Recreation, the Southern Indiana Tourism Bureau, and Duke Energy.

On May 2, 2019 Governor Eric Holcomb announced 17 recipients who will receive funding for 42 miles of new trail development as part of the Governor’s “Next Level Trails” program. The Town of Clarksville was among those recipients, receiving a grant for $840,800 for the Discovery trail development.  The Town of Clarksville received an additional grant from the Southern Indiana Tourism Bureau.  The rest of the project will be funded by the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission.

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Indiana DNR Director Cameron Clark addresses the crowd at the Discovery Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, July 18th.

Cameron Clark, Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the fact that Clarksville’s project was ‘shovel ready’ was one of the big reasons why the Town of Clarksville was chosen to receive the state grant. “The accelerated timeline aspect of this was important,” said Clark. “The Governor wanted to see these investments on the ground and people using them as soon as possible, and this (trail project) is obviously ready to go.”

The new trail will consist of  a 1.9 mile asphalt, multi-use trail along a former CSX rail corridor southwest from Applegate Lane to Silver Creek, where the trail merges with the Ohio River Greenway. The Discovery Trail will connect to the Levee Trail, Heritage Trail, and Lewis and Clark Trail, as well as several nearby schools, neighborhoods, and commercial corridors. The project includes a new trailhead at Eastern Boulevard near the Duke Energy property, as well as two pedestrian trailheads in Ray Lawrence Park and Beechwood Park.

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“On behalf of the Town of Clarksville, we are extremely grateful to the Next Level Trails program and all of those involved,” says Brain Kaluzny, Clarksville Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This will allow improvement in quality of life and bring connections together within and between communities.”

Construction of the trail will start later this month, and the trail is expected to be completed in early 2020.

To watch the complete Discovery Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony, Click Here.

Video courtesy of Clarksville Town Councilman John Gilkey.

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2019 Movies in the Park Schedule Released!

Does our cold and wet winter weather have you feeling down? Well hopefully we can give you something to look forward to! The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the schedule for our 3rd annual “Movies in the Park” Series.

Movies are shown on our giant inflatable screen on the event lawn at Gateway Park (500 Little League Boulevard).  All movies are FREE to everyone, and they will begin at sundown each day.  Coolers are welcome, but no smoking, alcohol, or pets are allowed in the park.  Concessions will also be available for purchase.  Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating!

Here is a look at our 2019 Summer Movie Series Schedule:

incredibles2Friday, May 3rd – “Incredibles 2”

After the events of The Incredibles (2004), Elastigirl is sent on a mission to make supers legal again. Mr. Incredible  is left to care for Jack-Jack, Violet, and Dash. When a dangerous new threat arises, it is up to the family to neutralize the threat and save the day once again.

Estimated Start Time: 8:30pm       Rated: PG

 

maryFriday, June 7th – “Mary Poppins Returns”

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Estimated Start Time: 9:00pm      Rated: PG

 

ralphFriday, July 5th – “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Taking place six years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.

Estimated Start Time: 9:15pm       Rated: PG

 

lego2Friday, August 2nd – “Lego Movie 2”

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.  Starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Jonah Hill, Mayah Rudolph, and more.

Estimated Start Time: 9:00pm      Rated: PG

 

lFriday, September 6th – “Little Giants”

Danny O’Shea has forever lived in the shadow of his brother, the great football player Kevin O’Shea. Kevin was stronger, faster, and more popular. But when his daughter is cut from Kevin’s pee-wee football team, Danny brings together a squad of picked-lasts and losers to prove to Kevin that he can still learn a lot from his brother.

Estimated Start Time: 8:15pm      Rated: PG

 

transylFriday, October 4th – “Hotel Transylvania 3”

When the lonely Count Dracula goes on vacation with Mavis, his family and monster friends on the cruise ship Legacy, he immediately falls in love with the human Captain Ericka. However the mysterious woman has a secret that may jeopardize Dracula, his family and the other monsters. Who is Captain Ericka?

Estimated Start Time: 7:30pm      Rated: PG

 

In addition to our regular Movies in the Park schedule, we will also be hosting a special “Fright Night” double feature on Friday, October 25th. The first movie will be be open to ages 13 & UP ONLY (Ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult). The second movie will be open to ages 18 & UP ONLY.

 

booFriday, October 25th – “Boo! A Madea Halloween”

While trying to keep an eye on a few misbehaving teens who are planning a wild Halloween night party, Madea is spooked by ghosts, killers, poltergeists, zombies and spirits. Giving them all a piece of her mind and fists, Madea must maintain order and sanity as she spends this hilarious, haunted Halloween night fighting off goons and goblins.

Estimated Start Time: 7:00pm      Rated: PG-13

 

nightFriday, October 25th – “Night of the Living Dead” (1990)

The recently deceased are rising from the grave as flesh-hungry zombies. Fleeing from the undead horde, a small group of survivors sequester themselves in a remote farmhouse. With the zombies outside the house multiplying, tensions flare, as the group argues over the best way to try and stay alive.

Estimated Start Time: 9:00pm      Rated: R

 

CLICK HERE for more information on the Clarksville Movies in the Park Series.  All Movies in the Park events are held outdoors, which mean they are subject to weather cancellations.  If we are forced to cancel a movie night, we will post that information on our Clarksville Parks & Recreation Facebook Page.

 

 

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A Game Changer for Clarksville and Southern Indiana!

1Have you heard the big news? A group made up of conservationists and local community leaders are bringing a new massive park to Clarksville!

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The River Heritage Conservancy has been purchasing developed and undeveloped land along the Ohio River in Clarksville over the last year, with a goal of creating a new 400 acre park. The group believes the area offers a unique landscape for a dynamic world-class public park for active recreation, passive contemplation, spirited community gatherings, and wildlife conservation. The park would also mean a boom to the Clarksville and Southern Indiana economy.

3.jpgA website is now available for area residents to learn more about the park with informative videos, important information, and more. There is also a survey so residents can voice their opinions about what features and amenities should be included in the park.

CLICK HERE to visit the website and take the survey.
CLICK HERE to watch a video about the park from WHAS11 News.

Sincerely,

Your Clarksville Parks & Recreation Team

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All I want for Christmas…is to not get FAT.

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The struggle is real and it happens every year.  Avoiding all those extra calories during the holidays is a never ending battle.  There are those office Christmas parties with food and booze galore, celebrations with friends and family, and oh so many gifts of treats.  Let us also not forget that evil co-worker who constantly brings sweet treats to share at the office (you know who you are).

So what is one to do?

  • Getting to the gym more is almost impossible.  Have you seen your schedule?
  • Saying no is out the window … because who has that kind of will power.
  • Cutting yourself off altogether would be just downright MEAN!

So if you can’t stop yourself, go ahead and eat and drink those extra calories.  Just avoid getting fat by making better choices.  We’ll even help you out by giving you some examples.  (Thanks to our friends at “Eat This, Not That” for the suggestions)

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When you visit the bar for a glass of wine at your holiday party,  ask for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  The white wine is lower in calories and alcohol than most other wines.  It would be best to avoid Zinfandel, since the grapes used to make it have a higher sugar content.

MIXED DRINKS

If wine isn’t your thing and you prefer a mixed cocktail, be sure to order a vodka soda with lime. At just 120 calories and 0g fat, it is a much better option than things like a Chocolate Martini (330 calories, 6g fat).

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This is a spot that gets many of us in trouble.  Lots of socializing can make you hungry, especially when the wait for that big holiday meal seems to last.  When you reach for that appetizer, make sure to avoid things like pigs in a blanket (4 pieces = 533 calories, 33g fat) or swedish meatballs (4 pieces = 320 calories, 16g fat).  Instead, opt for something like shrimp cocktail (about 100 calories per serving) or hummus dip with vegetables from the veggie tray.

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Believe it or not, baked ham is actually your best option when it comes to a healthier protein at dinner time. Four ounces of baked ham comes in at about 148 calories and 4 grams of fat (0g saturated fat).  That is a much better option than prime rib (400 calories, 23g fat/8g saturated) or skinless dark turkey meat (185 calories, 8.7g fat/2.7g saturated).

That about covers better choices when eating, but here are a few more tips for avoiding holiday weight gain…

  • Get Plenty of Sleep:  Sleep deprivation is common during the holidays, and it may cause weight gain. This is because those who do not sleep enough tend to be hungrier, consume more calories and get less physical activity.
  • Eat More Fiber:  Fiber rich foods will make you feel fuller so make sure to include vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, into your meals.
  • Don’t Miss Meals: Skipping breakfast or lunch in order to “save your appetite” probably isn’t the best tactic. Not eating until the afternoon may lead to binge eating later on.
  • Eat Like You Are At A Restaurant: Serve your food in the kitchen instead of bringing bowls of goodness to the dinner table.  Keeping the food out of easy reach will help you stop and think if you really need that second helping.
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A Little League Parent’s Guide to Honoring The Game

baseball-player-running-sport-163239 (1)The key to cultivating optimal adult behavior (and reducing misbehavior) in Little League is “Honoring the Game.” To remember the tenets of Honoring the Game, use the acronym ROOTS, meaning respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.

You don’t bend the Rules to win. You understand that a worthy Opponent helps you to play to your highest potential. You respect Officials even when you disagree with their calls. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your Teammates. Even if others fail to live up to these standards, you live up to the standards you set for your Self.

Here are a few ways “Second-Goal” Parents can contribute to a positive Little League environment so that children will keep having fun and keep returning to baseball and softball, where they can learn the life lessons they will need long after their Little League careers end.

Before the Game:

  • Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.
  • Tell your children before each game that you are proud of them regardless of how well they play.

During the Game:

  • Fill your children’s “Emotional Tanks.”
  • Don’t yell instructions during the game. Let coaches coach.
  • Cheer good plays by both teams.
  • Mention good calls by the umpires to other parents.
  • If an umpire makes a “bad” call against your team, Honor the Game — be silent!
  • If other parents yell at the umpires, gently remind them to Honor the Game.
  • Don’t do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, “Will this embarrass my child or the team?”
  • Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.

After the Game:

  • Thank the umpires for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.
  • Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.
  • Remind your children again that you are proud of them — win or lose.

This story is brought to you by Positive Coaching Alliance, and Little League University. To learn more, visit positivecoach.org

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