Preliminary work begins today on next phase of KSU Recreation Park


KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 24, 2009) — Bulldozers and bobcats roared to life this morning on Cobb…

Georgia (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 stated.
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 experience.”
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 team.
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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