Clarksville Parks to Host Ribbon-Cutting for New Ashland Park Playground

The new inclusive playground replaces equipment installed in the late 1990’s.

CLARKSVILLE, IN (June 24, 2024) – The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 10th at 5:30 pm to celebrate the opening of the new accessible playground in Ashland Park.

Nearly $300,000 was spent on the installation of the new playground and the replacement of the existing mulch with new turf surfacing. The project was paid for with the help of a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The project not only updated the play area, but also made it more accessible for those with disabilities.  The previous play structure, which was removed in late April, cost around $10,000 and was purchased back in 1995.

“With the installation of a new accessible playground in Ashland Park, inclusivity becomes the cornerstone of play as we continuously work to improve life along the beautiful Ohio River,” said BJ Nelson-Lynton, Superintendent of Clarksville Parks.

The updated playground is just one of the many changes currently underway along the Ohio River.  The Town of Clarksville is also currently in the process of completing a major reconstruction of Riverside Drive.  That project includes creating new multi-use paths for bicyclists and pedestrians, adding new lighting and on-street parking, and upgrades to storm drainage and sanitary sewers.  The 11-month project is scheduled to be completed in November 2024.

Town leaders and members of the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Board will officially open the new playground at 5:30pm on Wednesday, July 10th.  Residents and members of the media interested in attending are reminded to use Sherwood Avenue in order to access Riverside Drive and Ashland Park.  Due to construction, there is no access to Riverside drive from Jeffersonville.



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