City Council hears about new park honoring Pat Head Summit

Lee Erwin reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At their Executive, non-voting Session Thursday, August 29 the Clarksville City Council heard about plans for a park honoring basketball coach Pat Head Summit. They were also presented with a proposal to buy land and a building on Riverside Drive which could be used by the Clarksville River District.

The council heard from the Pat Head Summit Project Committee on their progress as they work to design, fund and build the Pat Head Summit Legacy Park. The committee hopes to start soon collecting private donations and services with the park expected to be open in just over two years.

Summit, who was born in Clarksville, is the all-time winningest basketball coach in NCAA history of either a men’s or women’s team with 1,098 victories. Summit also led the Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball team to eight NCAA National Championships.

Plans are for the park to be located in the north extension of the McGregor Park RiverWalk. The proposed park will pay tribute to the coach and her long list of achievements as well as honoring her place as a native citizen who has brought fame and notoriety to the Clarksville-Montgomery County community as well as Tennessee.

Mayor Kim McMillan praised the work of the committee for their efforts. “It’s wonderful, I am so proud of all the volunteers and individuals who have come together to honor someone like Pat Head Summit who clearly deserves as many honors as we can bestow upon her,” McMillan said.

In another presentation Thursday, former Clarksville City Councilman Mark Holleman with Conroy, Marable and Holleman Real Estate proposed a plan to the council to purchase a parcel of land on Riverside Drive to be utilized as part of phase two of Clarksville’s River District Master Plan.

The property is at 808 Riverside Drive and most recently housed the Lighthouse Café and Christian Concert Hall. The location has also been home to a number of businesses including nightclubs and was originally used as a water facility by the city.

The building adjoins a small tract of city property and Holleman said it was listed at $395,000 but the owners would be willing to sell it to the city for $300,000. Some City Council members brought up the fact that buying the property and the building now instead of in the future would save the city money.

The council also talked about making a request to the Tennessee General Assembly to enact legislation to allow the Clarksville Department of Electricity to provide broadband services to customers outside the city limits. The area specifically being targeted is within the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Park where there have been requests for the services.