Volunteers aim to draw attention to Patriots Park

Nicole June Reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Volunteers worked in the bright September sunshine to begin a beautification project at Patriots Park Thursday, Sep. 5.

Workers will continue the project throughout the weekend to construct retaining walls that will house multiple flower beds beneath the park’s sign.

Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin, Landscape Designer Cher Powers, and Rita Arancibia with Volunteer Clarksville worked together to make the project a reality as a part of the 9/11 Days of Service. Through this initiative, volunteers lend their time and efforts to projects throughout the area to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. (Read more about Serve to Remember)

“We have had an amazing, hardworking response from all these wonderful volunteers,” Cher Powers said. “We’re so grateful and blessed that these people have given their time and their hard work to come and help make this project possible.”

Many of the volunteers at Patriots Park are part of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CMVA), a local club based on veterans helping other veterans.
“We felt that it would be a good community service opportunity for us to get out and help them with this park. It is part of our heritage,” said John Dombrowski, CVMA Public Relations Officer.

He said the majority of the organization’s members are retired military, wounded veterans, or combat veterans. (Learn more about CMVA)

Volunteers from various other organizations will work through Sunday, when flags will be placed at the park for a 9/11 memorial. Volunteers can still be a pafrt of this project. Shifts are available Sat., Sep. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Rita Arancibia at 615-504-0285.

The following businesses and organizations contributed to the success of the project:

Taco Del Mar gave a monetary contribution
Lowe’s on Madison Street donated over $100 in plant material in addition to purchasing plants at cost value
Lowe’s on Wilma Rudolph Blvd donated 2 holly trees
Clarksville Gas and Water installed the water line
Clarksville Parks and Recreation pressure ashed the area and delivered gravel
Budweiser of Clarksville gave a monetary contribution
Mr. Bill Summers gave a monetary contribution.
Mr. Jim Durrett gave a monetary contribution.
Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Cox made a gift card donation.
Don and Marita Beck gave a monetary contribution.
9/11 Days of Service Contribution Grant
Mr. & Mrs. Jay Powers donated plants
United Rentals donated a sod cutter rental
Farmer’s Co-op donated supplies
Bi- county Waste donated mulch