FIELDS, Inc., a sports general contractor building sports fields of distinction, announced site plans for a multi-use athletic complex and education center in Franklin, Texas. The Franklin Community Park will provide students from the Franklin Independent School District (ISD) with a unique complex that includes numerous athletic fields for school sporting events and tournaments, as well as access to performing arts facilities and outdoor educational opportunities.
Situated on 84-acres of Texas farmland, the park will feature four replica baseball fields, two softball fields, two football/soccer fields and a cross-country course that will act as the host facilities for Franklin High School athletic events and tournaments. Roland Reynolds Elementary School and Franklin Middle School will also utilize the complex for physical education classes and extracurricular activities.
Other park features include an amphitheater for performing arts series and concerts, as well as an outdoor educational center with classroom lessons in wetland, riparian zone and water conservation, as well as sustainability exhibits. There are multiple recreational activities including batting cages; hiking trails; a fishing pier and lake; forest preserve; playground; and concession areas.
"We are incredibly proud to have been chosen for this important project," said FIELDS president and CEO, Brian Storm. "We are excited to build a sports field complex of distinction for the Town of Franklin, Texas. Ultimately, this new park will help the community thrive by attracting business and boosting tourism. It will serve as a point of pride for the Franklin community and beyond."
"It is very exciting to be a part of a community that has the vision to see its future," said Bret Lowry, Superintendent for Franklin Independent School District. "To understand what a true partnership between a community and school district are and to act on that by providing an extraordinary park and sports complex that everyone will enjoy."
Franklin Community Park will also be open to the public for various community events, as well as local and regional sporting tournaments. FIELDS and Franklin ISD are aiming for an official ribbon cutting and grand opening in the early Fall 2012.