Reservations begin today for the first completed ball field at the new E. S. Rose Park and Sports Complex, located at 1000 Edgehill Avenue in Nashville, said Metro Parks in a press release. The new softball diamond will be available for booking by community groups and softball leagues as part of an innovative, shared facilities concept between Belmont University and Metro Parks.
The new softball field is one of several athletic venues currently under construction at the complex, which will ultimately include:
• a 750-seat synthetic turf baseball field;
• a 250-seat natural grass softball field;
• a new 300-seat track;
• soccer facilities with synthetic turf for safety and speed;
• a walking track;
• relocated basketball courts;
• a single-story 5,150-square-foot center providing team locker space and concession stand.
Belmont University is investing over $9 million in the park and will make annual lease payments of $50,000 to provide support to the surrounding schools as well as support the programming for youth and seniors at the Easley Center. Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation will own and control the scheduling of E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex and its improvements.
In addition to its athletic offerings, the $9 million renovated facility promotes new and improved collaborations between the Easley Center, the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation facility located in the park; Carter Lawrence Elementary School; Rose Park Middle School; local neighborhood organizations; and nearby Belmont University.
The projected completion dates for the other fields at E. S. Rose Park and Sports Complex are listed below. Please observe and respect construction fencing which restricts access to the adjoining fields as they are being completed.
Only the completed fields will be available for scheduled use until all construction is finished and the fencing is removed.
• Softball field available for booking
• May 1 estimated opening for the baseball field—sooner if weather permits
• Mid-May for the track and soccer field
A field day for Carter-Lawrence Elementary School that is being hosted and supported by Belmont University student-athletes is planned for the soccer field on April 6, and a Metro Public Schools Hillsboro cluster event, “Celebration of Good Health,” will take place at the end of the month on April 30. Between those events, the soccer field will close for approximately 14 days, weather permitting, to allow for the continuing construction on the track that surrounds that field. Practice for the Belmont softball team is scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 6 with the potential of the first game (weather permitting) being played Friday, April 8.
Community groups and sports leagues interested in booking the fields, should call Metro Parks’ Sports Department at (615) 862-8400 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon, Tuesday through Friday.