CLARKSON CITY PARK.
Located just off of Highway 62 on the eastern side of town, the Clarkson City Park offers numerous recreational opportunities and activities for the people of our area. We have an outdoor basketball court, nature/walking trail, Veterans Memorial, pollinator garden, soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, and a one-mile blacktopped walking track spans the length of the park and is used regularly by local residents. Located inside the track are four baseball/softball fields, two pavilions, and the youth soccer field. The park also hosts several picnic areas and the Mike Marshall Playground for the enjoyment of the children in our community. The City held its first annual Christmas in the Park event in December 2022. Nearly two dozen businesses set up displays for the holidays. Whether it is a day of play, exercise, or communing with nature, the Clarkson City Park offers a little something for everyone in our community.
Coming Summer 2024: The William Walker Building next to the Veterans Memorial will be finished and available to rent for birthday parties, reunions, weddings, etc. The 48x50 foot metal building is 2,400 square feet and will contain a large rental room, with bathrooms and small kitchenette. Information on rental rates, rules, etc. will be announced in the coming months.
The City of Clarkson’s latest recreational commitment to our community is the construction of a new blacktopped outdoor basketball court along First Street next to Clarkson Elementary School. Intended for youth and adults, the basketball court is regularly used by the community for pick-up games and practices.
The City Park also features a new Clarkson Veterans Memorial, honoring our service men and women, as well as a new disc golf course. The Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Ceremony will be in its third year in 2024.
The Clarkson Veterans Memorial Park was envisioned & planned by the Leitchfield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12175. It represents all our veterans that have served our great Nation. Many supported this effort by giving time, money and talent to the project including Grayson County Community citizens & veterans, local business, the City of Clarkson & County Government. The City of Clarkson & VFW hosted a dedication ceremony on Veterans Day 2021 at City Hall.
DISC GOLF COURSE.
Disc Golf is a relatively new sport, especially here in Grayson County. Thanks to UDisc, a smartphone app used for keeping score, we're able to see exactly how big this sport is getting! In 2019, there were 3,957,737 rounds scored in UDisc. In 2021, just 2 years later, there were 17,228,629 rounds scored in UDisc! Thanks to our amazing communities throughout Grayson County, we’ve been able to push for more disc golf courses to support this growth. Our newest addition, The Clarkson City Park Disc Golf Course, was largely funded by the community. An 18-hole course, complete with concrete tee pads and beautiful tee signs, has been playable since early 2022. Since opening, the course is averaging over 100 rounds a month on UDisc – and that’s not even counting the rounds everyone plays without scoring! Grab a couple discs, some buddies, and go try it out now!
The one-mile scenic Ed Nichols Memorial Nature Trail, named after a former long-time Clarkson City Commissioner, runs along Barton Run Creek down the hill on the backside of the park behind the soccer field and offers a rustic alternative to the walking track. Along the nature trail are several wooded areas featuring native trees and plants. The trail also hosts the annual Halloween Treats on the Trail event, sponsored by the Public Trails Association of Grayson County.
We also have a paved one-mile walking track that circles around the ball and soccer fields in addition to the nature trail on the back side of the park.
The City established its first Pollinator Garden at Clarkson City Park on June 3, 2023, with the assistance of the Public Trails Association of Grayson County. The garden contains a variety of annual and perennials for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. The garden also contains a bee box and a park bench. The City hopes to expand the garden in the future and possibly create additional pollinator gardens at the Park as well.
Kevin Johnston, City Park Manager