Preliminary work begins today on next phase of KSU Recreation Park
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 24, 2009) — Bulldozers and bobcats roared to life this morning
(Aug 24, 2009) — KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 24, 2009) — Bulldozers and bobcats roared to life this morning on Cobb County’s old Nelson-Cobb
family farm, as preliminary site work for the next phase of Kennesaw State University’s
new Recreation and Sports Park got under way.
The initial grading and site work is taking place on a 21-acre parcel of the 88 acres
of property recently purchased for the University by the KSU Foundation. The land
lies between George Busbee Parkway and the I-575 overpass on Big Shanty Road.
This project is yet another in the long line of KSU capital projects spearheaded by
the KSU Foundation, which to-date has been responsible for more than $350 million
in bonded projects that have significantly expanded the university’s physical plant.
“None of this grading and site work is being done with state dollars,” KSU Foundation
Chairman Norman Radow emphasized. “This work is being paid for with private funds
from the Foundation. We are committed to this project because it will establish KSU
as a regional leader and as a burgeoning national university of excellence."
Two practice fields for intramural and club sports already are near completion on
a portion of the new land on George Busbee Parkway, and will be utilized by KSU students
beginning as early as September.
Subject to final approval, plans for the next phase of the land’s development include
construction of an 8,300-seat soccer stadium and practice field, as well as additional soccer fields, a rugby field, and 4,683 feet of nature and hiking trails.
Public-private partnerships would be integral to this next phase of the project.
“As Kennesaw State University takes its place among the highly competitive NCAA Division
I athletic programs, our students must have first-class practice fields and sports
facilities,” KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. “This Recreation Park is another jewel
in the university’s crown, one in which all of our students can take great pride. They
can look forward to enjoying many exciting activities in this state-of-the-art complex.”
Additional facilities for intramural and club sports are sorely needed by KSU students.
Currently, KSU has only a 1.7-acre field to serve 22,500 students. The intramural
grass field used for lacrosse, rugby and other club sports does not meet size requirements
specified by the sports’ governing bodies.
“It’s going to be amazing,” said sophomore Jennifer Byers, when asked her thoughts
about the new Recreation Park. A KSU lacrosse player, Byers presently has to drive
to Noonday Park in Kennesaw for practice. “I am very, very excited about it,” she
Student participation in intramural sports at KSU have increased from 1,400 student
participants in the 2005-2006 academic year to 1,837 in academic year in 2007-2008
– a jump of 31 percent.
“Recreation and sports are an integral part of the student life of the university,”
said Tara Parker, who as associate director of KSU’s Department of Student Life, is
responsible for intramural and recreation services. “This is yet another piece of
the puzzle we are building to provide our students with a rich and fulfilling campus
The KSU women’s soccer team is coming off of a second-place finish in the Atlantic
Sun Conference last season after winning the A-Sun championship in NCAA play in 2007.
Their season opened Friday, Aug. 21, in Athens, in a match against the University
of Georgia Bulldogs.
For the fourth year in a row, KSU’s women’s soccer team has been selected as the Atlantic
Sun Conference’s pre-season selection for regular-season champion. In addition, KSU
soccer forward Maylee Attin-Johnson was named the A-Sun’s preseason women’s soccer
player of the year. Two other KSU players also were selected for the pre-season all-conference
A ribbon cutting for the new Recreation and Sports Park will be held in mid-September. Details
regarding the event will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 70
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business
and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State
is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more
than 22,500 from 142 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.