Clarksville’s ‘The City Forum’ to be among nation’s big entertainment centers
High-speed, high-tech go-karting; two-story laser tag; an arcade; miniature golf with scenic water features and an 8,000-square-foot restaurant to be called, “The Loading Dock” … this and more will be availed to Clarksville families likely beginning in the springtime.
It’s so big, this new indoor entertainment complex to be called “The City Forum,” that some who’ve seen it already say it has the power to singularly erase a common complaint that there is nothing fun for kids and families to do in Tennessee’s fifth-largest city.
Owner Trent Knott hopes it will at least be a significant start. He says The City Forum opening in a combined 120,000 square feet will be distinguished as the second-largest indoor family entertainment complex of its kind, nationally.
But it is currently on pace for an April opening, weather permitting.
The Leaf-Chronicle toured the facility this week, and saw where the many entertainment features will be stationed. Knott said the culmination of a five-year visioning effort for Clarksville’s entertainment needs is becoming real.
He, his wife, Dana Knott, his family and existing on-site staff are getting ready to bring on 125 employees to run The City Forum. A large parking area outside the main entrance to the entertainment center will have about 350 parking spaces.
“We’ve spent close to five years going around the country and checking out these kinds of spaces,” Knott said. “Through the process we’ve asked ourselves, ‘what does Clarksville need in a place like this?’
“Everybody has always said, ‘What can our kids do in Clarksville?'”
Knott led this week’s inside tour along with his daughter, Luci Armitstead, and Courtney Helton and Charlie Politi from the staff
Other features of The City Forum will include 10 bowling lanes; the Madison Room, which is to be 8,000 square feet of event space; six birthday party rooms with host staff set aside especially for livening up the celebratory experience; and a “streetery” to be led by longtime Clarksville restaurant manager Roy Smith, offering custom-made pizzas, chicken wings and more.
The Loading Dock restaurant near the main entrance will have a menu of, for example, custom-made burgers, and signature craft beers.
It’s taken a little longer than originally anticipated to get The City Forum open for customers, partly because Knott and his team have been working to perfect every entertainment and dining venue. He said he hopes that Clarksville-area residents will find that, once it does open, it will have been worth the wait.
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett is among those who’ve seen inside the place already. He and some county commissioners toured it this week, and he told The Leaf-Chronicle that Clarksville-Montgomery County is in for a real treat.
“My first reaction was, ‘Wow!'” Durrett said. “I have heard so many times that there is nothing to do in our community, but that’s about to change with the opening of The City Forum.
“This is truly going to be a family entertainment center, all under one roof. It doesn’t matter what your age is, there is something for everyone.
“The Knotts have taken a seven-acre warehouse … and transformed it into a destination point. They started this venture with Miss Lucille’s, which brings shoppers from all over the southeast to Montgomery County, added the cafe and Belle Hollow Center, and now they have topped it off with the crown jewel, The City Forum,” Durrett said, adding, “The Knotts are truly entrepreneurs who have taken a vision, created a business plan, and brought it to life.”
For more information visit http://www.thecityforum.com.
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle