Hrs set for open container in Clarksville’s new Downtown Enjoyment District

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Several hours for Clarksville’s new Downtown Leisure District were being accredited by the City Council Thursday night time, enabling for open up container on downtown sidewalks on weekends and through particular situations.

The new established of procedures is dependent on a bill handed in May by the state Legislature. It enables metropolis officers to designate times for open container, with procedures very similar to those utilised in Memphis’s downtown area.

“It delivers a minor bit of Beale Avenue to Clarksville,” said Rep. Jason Hodges, D-Clarksville, just one of the sponsors for the monthly bill.

The new hours passed their second studying as portion of the council’s consent agenda, though Vondell Richmond, Dajuan Small, Wallace Redd and Trisha Butler marked no votes on the measure.

In preceding conferences, some opposing council members remarked that it is unfair to let only some businesses to gain from the new procedures, and that open up container ought to be all-or-nothing.

The hours

In accordance to the new procedures, the Downtown Enjoyment District will run generally on weekends.

The hrs will be in result Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until finally midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. until finally 6 p.m. Unique hrs are also in position for the first Thursday of every thirty day period when ArtWalk events are held.

The new regulations make it possible for for extra moments as designated by Clarksville’s mayor or approved by a permit obtained from the town.

Ward 10 council member Stacey Streetman explained to the council final month that these hrs are a baseline and could need to have adjustment in the long run.

“To start out modest to see how this requires to perform, imagining about our police division, and that the organizations are going to have to offer with this otherwise than they have in the previous,” Streetman explained.

Streetman advised Clarksville Now that new hours ought to be in a position to go into effect right away.

Exactly where is the district?

The Downtown Amusement District includes a substantial portion of downtown from Higher education Street to Franklin Street venues like the Roxy Regional Theatre and the less than-construction F&M Lender Arena.

Adjacent homes this kind of as the Custom’s Dwelling Museum and Cultural Centre are also included.

The new Downtown Amusement District (highlighted in purple) with adjacent houses (highlighted in yellow) Nov. 5, 2021. (Casey Williams)

Riverside Generate is also involved, though it will not share the same hours as the downtown place. Riverside Drive qualities will be by special permit only, according to Streetman.