Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers, the Don Davidson Lions Club Complex has become much more than grounds where baseball and softball games are played.

From volleyball, trail running, disc golf, fishing, bird watching, photography, mountain biking, to reading a book while your dog runs free in the dog park, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the trails and park-like setting of the complex, located at 1701 Wilson Parkway in Fayetteville.

Folks can also come and enjoy lunch in one of the pavilions on the grounds or have a picnic under one of the hundreds of trees volunteers have planted since 2009.

Chris Mitchell and the staff of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation have been working hard to update our parks, and with the help of volunteers, including Kevin Freeman, Ben Quick, Chad Wright, B.J. Harwell, Christian Gay, Lincoln County Judicial Court, Marvin’s and Audrey Freeman, the Don Davidson Park now has a nine-hole disc golf course, concrete pads, new kiosk, hole signage and sponsors.

“Parks also sponsored a butterfly garden earlier in the year, and it’s still going strong with hundreds of butterflies and bees every day,” said Freeman, who has played a key role in helping the park offer more opportunities for citizens. “Still, citizens don’t know what they can do in Don Davidson Park.

“We have an updated map to help local residents see what they’re missing,” he said. “Maybe they’ll stay closer to home the next time they get the itch to be outside.”

Park enthusiasts are also offering a big thank you to sponsors of the disc golf course there – those sponsors include United Truck Driving School out of Murfreesboro, Kona Ice, Hall Signs, Gerald’s Foodland, and Wilson’s Marathon.

And additional businesses wishing to become a sponsor of a disc golf hole are also welcome. Those interested need only to contact Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department at 931-433-6059.


Upcoming events

The Don Davidson Complex will host Fayetteville Parks and Recreation’s first Trunk or Treat event at its Halloween Happenings from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Trail of Fears, a haunted walk and the first event of its kind, will be held at the Don Davidson Complex from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 24-26. The PG-13 parental guidance event, will be $5 per person, payable at the gate.

. This Fall there are several new events planned, Family Day September 28, and Trails for Kids Trail and park workday September 28, and Haunted Trail October 24, 25,26.


Did you know …

Research shows that trees and vegetation lead directly to higher property values, higher revenue-yielding business districts and infrastructure savings due to reduced soil erosion and storm-water runoff.

Greening efforts also have real health and safety benefits. Beautification projects bring neighborhoods together; in fact, public housing areas with trees and vegetation have shown a 50-percent reduction in both violent and property crimes.

Forests and trees are not only essential to the health and livability of our cities and towns, they’re good for our wallets! Trees planted within 50 feet of a residence can raise property values by nine percent.

Greenspaces restore our local economies. They create stronger, more cohesive communities with real social and economic benefits.

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