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!


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.


Your Clarksville Parks & Recreation Team

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


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)


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.


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).


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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2018 Movies in the Park Schedule Released

Spring is nearly here, and temperatures will soon be warming up! That means Clarksville Parks’ annual outdoor Summer Movies Series is right around the corner.  Here is our complete movie schedule for Summer 2018.  Be sure to mark your calendar!



All movies will be held at Gateway Park, located at 500 Little League Boulevard in Clarksville. All movies are FREE and begin at dusk (as soon as it is dark enough outside). Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome! Sorry, no alcohol, smoking, bikes, or pets allowed.  Movies will be canceled in the event of inclement weather, and will not be rescheduled.

For more information, visit the “Movies in the Park” page at ClarksvilleParks.com.

We’ll see you at the movies!

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Want to live longer? Get to a Park!

Americans are always looking for the next best health tip in hopes of living a longer and healthier life.  According to one study, the answer could be as simple as living close to your local park!

CNN recently published an article that focuses on the impact that greenery and parks have on life expectancy… park1

“The trees, shrubs and plants outside your home might offer something more than just pretty scenery. A new study found that living in, or near, green areas can help women live longer and improve their mental health.

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined more than 108,000 women enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study — a nationwide investigation into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women — from 2000 to 2008.

They compared risk of death with the amount of plant life and vegetation near the women’s homes and found that women living in the greenest areas had a 12% lower death rate than women living in the least green areas. The levels of vegetation were determined using satellite imagery from different seasons and years.  The team believes the findings would be similar if men were included in the study.

When analyzing specific causes of death among the study participants, researchers found that women in greener areas had a 41% lower death rate for kidney disease, a 34% lower death rate for respiratory disease and a 13% lower death rate for cancer than those living in areas with less greenery.

The study suggests that several factors might play a role in reducing the death rate, including improved mental health, which was measured through levels of depression and estimated to explain 30% of the benefit from living in greener areas. Increased opportunities for social engagement, increased physical activity and lower exposure to air pollution may also play important roles, according to the study.”

Park Pictures 161So when you are out Christmas shopping this year, show the ones you love that you really care by passing on the perfume, and choosing a gift that will help encourage them to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer.

The above excerpt is from “Living near nature linked to longer lives, says study”, an article by Morgan Manella and CNN.  Click Here to read the full article.
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Scare Away those Extra Halloween Calories!

candyEvery kid looks forward to Halloween.  What other time do you get to become your favorite character, and get lots of free candy?  Unfortunately, all that candy floating around leads to lots and lots of excess calories for kids AND parents.  The American Heart Association is stepping in to help you scare away those extra Halloween calories.

For the Trick-or-Treater

  • Fill up first. What kid doesn’t want to eat their favorite candy right when it goes into their trick-or-treat bag? Having a healthy meal BEFORE your kids go trick-or-treating can reduce their temptation to snack while walking or to overindulge, because their tummies will be full.
  • Bag the monster bag. Choose or make a smaller collection container for your child and steer clear of the pillow case method. If you encourage kids to only take one piece of candy from each house, they’ll be able to visit more houses in the neighborhood.
  • Get moving. Get some exercise by making Halloween a fun family activity. Walk instead of driving kids house to house. Set a goal of how many houses or streets you’ll visit, or compete in teams to do as many as you can. Bring a bottle of water and a flashlight, and wear comfortable shoes for walking!
  • Look before you eat. Check expiration dates and inspect all edibles before allowing children to eat them. Don’t let children eat anything with questionable or unknown ingredients, especially if they have food allergies.
  • Have a plan. Halloween, and Eat Smart Month in November, can be a great time to talk with kids about moderation and making smart eating choices. Plan in advance how much candy they’ll be allowed to take at each house, keep, and eat. If they’re old enough, let them help decide what to do with excess candy.


What to Do with Excess Candy

Afraid you’ll be dealing with an excess of Halloween treats until long after Valentine’s Day? Here are some ideas for enjoying the evening’s haul responsibly and getting rid of leftover candy:

  • Let each child keep enough candy to have one or two pieces a day for one or two weeks (long enough for the excitement to wane). Throw away, donate or re-purpose the rest.
  • When your child asks for a piece of candy, pair it with a healthy snack: an apple, a banana, some nuts, or celery with peanut butter.
  • “Buy back” candy from your child with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity: a day at the zoo, an afternoon playing at the park, going ice skating, or a day at the pool.
  • Some dentists’ offices have buy-back or trade-in programs, too.
  • Save it for holiday baking.
  • Save it to fill the piñata at the next birthday celebration or give out with Valentine cards.
  • Use it in an arts and crafts project or to decorate a holiday gingerbread house.
  • Donate excess candy to a homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or care package program for troops overseas. A familiar sweet treat from home can be comforting at the holidays.

The American Heart Association also has tips for those staying home to hand out candy, and for Halloween party planners.  To view the full article, CLICK HERE.

The above content is an excerpt from a ‘Eat Smart Article’ by the American Heart Association.  Visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/ for more stories on how to live a healthier life.
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