Mountain bikers revitalized and took over Clarksville Park property

When Stu and Lori Drake wanted something better for their community of Clarksville mountain bikers, they embraced the spirit of Do-It-Yourself and became carers of the abandoned 90-acre North River Street Community Park.

Drakes have taken to maintaining the garden the way someone would take care of a Japanese garden – with intent, time, care, and thought.

A volunteer group, the Clarksville Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), decided to take responsibility for the park and clean up in 2018.

When the news came back to Clarksville Parks and Recreation, they embraced the group and gave them their blessing in 2019.

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Today, the park is a place of learning for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders.

Stu Drake performs a tabletop jump at North Ford St.  Mountain Bike Park on July 27, 2022.

“We entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CAMBA in 2018,” said Michelle Austin, deputy director of Recreation at Clarksville Parks and Recreation. We were familiar with their Rotary work and knew their caliber. They have the experience, they have voluntary commitments to go out there and do that work, and it’s something they love to do while they’re good at it.”

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