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Clarksville council votes against proposed sports complex

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Clarksville City Council voted against purchasing land for a sports complex. (WSMV) Clarksville City Council voted against purchasing land for a sports complex. (WSMV)
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The fate of an ambitious new sports complex came down to a city council vote.

The community is now split on whether the vote against purchasing land for the complex was right for the city.

“It hurts because the kids were there,” said Marshall Duncan, Clarksville Soccer Club. “It’s not so much for the adults. It’s for the kids.

Duncan has the kids in the Clarksville Soccer Club playing at Heritage Park, but he said the demand has gone far beyond what it can handle.

Duncan loved the idea of a new sports complex off Interstate 24’s Exit 8 with the Tennessee State Soccer Association as a tenant, keeping the place booked and maintained.

“That opportunity is not going to be there in the future,” said Duncan. “They’re going to find another city to do this. For all of us, the timing was now. It just got further, bigger than it needed to get.”

Jeff Burkhart is one of seven council members who voted against buying the 409 acres.

He said he’d rather see the amount of money the project would take going toward a cause like infrastructure.

“If you spend $100 million, you’ve got to hit 95 to 100 percent of the taxpayers,” said Burkhart. “We just wouldn’t be very good stewards of the public’s money.”

A city spokesman told News4 that $100 million wouldn’t have been spent at once, but rather over two decades.

“I’m all open for a $10, $15 or $10 million project, but we’ve got too many needs to spend it all there,” said Burkhart.

“We chose to pass, and it’s just disappointing,” said Duncan. “That affects you more when you see children disappointed.”

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