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SoVaNow.com / June 19, 2013Let’s play ball!” — and with that exclamation, Mayor Kevin Allgood of Clarksville opened the dedication of the newly renovated Robbins Park on Friday, in time for the town to host Dixie Youth tournaments coming up this summer.
The lead donor with the project, the Clarksville Ruritan Club, was recognized, as was Town Council member Glenn Jurczyk. Officials also lauded Town Operations Director Richard Elliott and his crew for the work they did to bring the project in “on time and under budget,” according to Town Manager Jeff Jones.
For his role in the project, Jason Claiborne, president of Clarksville Dixie Youth, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Claiborne and the Dixie Youth organization provided the materials and labor to restore the field.
At the entrance to the park, three new flag poles now stand, generously donated by Woodman of the World.
Jones recalled the role the park has played in Clarksville over the years – from its beginning as a recreational site for employees of the old Robbins Mill (which later became Burlington Mills), to being the home for both semi-professional and Negro baseball league teams in the 1940s and 1950s, and into the present day, where Robbins is both a ball field and the site of the annual Relay for Life Walkathon and Luminaria Ceremony. Jones said, “I have never seen the park look so good.”
“Thanks to the financial commitment of the Clarksville Ruritan Club, and the hard work of contractor Mike Wagstaff and Clarksville Town employees, the park has a refurbished announcers booth, and food stand, newly painted walls and a high tech security system,” said Jurczyk, going on to list other improvements.
The restoration was completed in time for Clarksville Dixie Youth to host two back-to-back weekends of tournaments, one for machine pitch and the other for girls softball.
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