New Ballfield Complex Ribbon Cutting Nov. 4

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Susannah Gentry

The Franklin Special School District and the City of Franklin Parks Department will host a ribbon-cutting of the new ballfield complex on Friday, Nov. 4, from 3:00-4:00 PM. The complex, located behind Freedom Middle School, is the result of an interlocal agreement between the FSSD and the City of Franklin for school and community use, with the district receiving priority use.

The Franklin Special School District and the City of Franklin Parks Department will host a ribbon-cutting of the new ballfield complex on Friday, Nov. 4, from 3:00-4:00 PM. The complex, located behind Freedom Middle School, is the result of an interlocal agreement between the FSSD and the City of Franklin for school and community use, with the district receiving priority use. The project is estimated at $6,661,200, split 50/50 between the city and the school district. Some of the amenities in this beautiful baseball/softball complex include:

  • a 355-foot (to centerfield fence) baseball field with a dirt warning track and turf on-deck circle and backstop
  • a 200-foot (to centerfield fence) softball field with a dirt warning track and turf on-deck circle and backstop
  • irrigation for the complex
  • a concession area with covered tables and seating
  • a building containing individual and family restrooms and storage areas
  • a turf bullpen for each field
  • multiple netted batting cages for each field
  • electronic scoreboards
  • padded backstop areas
  • covered seating for home and spectators
  • an equipment shed
  • a new section that connects to the school’s walking track
  • lighting for both fields to allow for night practices/games
  • decorative brick enclosure walls

When the school district is not using the fields, the Franklin Parks Department will have access to the fields for spring/summer tournaments, increasing their usage.

The fields will be open for this special event, but will then need to be closed until spring for the sod to take root. We are very excited about this spectacular new addition to our students' athletic experiences at both Poplar Grove and Freedom Middle.