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Clarksville working on access for blueways

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - City officials in Clarksville are preparing to break ground on their first official access point to navigable waterways around the city.

Officials are hoping to build up to 20 more sites where kayaks and canoes can be launched into a network of streams, creeks and rivers that meander underneath highways, behind office buildings and around parking lots.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports that the City Council approved allocating $83,400 this month to help build the first municipal launching point to the community's blueways. The project received $145,000 in grant money; land donated for the project was appraised at $422,000.

City planner Daniel Binkley says it will take several more to make the waterways "truly accessible."

Officials say they are looking at ways of making it affordable to build the launching points.

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