Williamson County Sports Facilities
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Among the most highly prized amenities in Williamson County are its sports facilities, which continue to grow and improve.
Outdoor sports parks and indoor complexes host state, regional and national tournaments and provide the perfect setting for pickup games and athletic instruction. Though the economic impact on Williamson County of all these facilities is unknown, community leaders say it's in the millions of dollars.
"We strive to offer the best services to our residents in everything that we do, including offering them safe, state-of-the art sport facilities," says Kerri Hudson, public information coordinator for Williamson County Parks and Recreation.
Bring Your A-Game
An example of the variety in the county's sports facilities is the A-Game Sportsplex, with two full-sized ice rinks (one each for hockey and figure skating) for its guests as well as six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, a fitness center, five acres of outdoor space and the only jungle-themed laser tag facility in Middle Tennessee.
In 2013 alone, A-Game will host basketball tourneys such as the American Youth Basketball Association's Super Regional, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) State Tournament and the Music City National Prep Girls Invitational, among several others.
Soccer It to Me, Baby
The Indoor Arena at Crockett Park sports a professional multipurpose field and a conference room, and hosts multiple soccer and flag football leagues. The Robert A. Ring Indoor Soccer Arena's modern indoor turf and glass walls on the spectator side allow for a great view of the field. Each facility has hosted soccer matches of the annual Winter Indoor Series, which brings in more than 150 teams from four states.
The Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood has employed its five tennis courts to host the Big Harpeth Classic Tennis Tournament. The building also features a 150-meter indoor training pool, fitness classes, aquatics and tennis programs.
"The Indoor Sports Complex is awesome. It always felt top-notch to me," says Scott Chaney, a Williamson County resident whose son and daughter have participated in summer swim leagues. "There are plenty of places to congregate outside, where they set up tents for the teams, and the bathrooms are very clean. In case the meets went long, the concession stand was a welcome sight."
Best of the Rest
Other top-flight indoor facilities include the Williamson County Soccer Complex, the Franklin Recreation Complex and the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill. The last two offer guests everything from indoor and outdoor pools and fitness centers to senior activities, therapeutic recreation and more.
Those who wish to get their game on outside can check out Crockett Park, the largest park in Brentwood, with more than 164 acres of open fields. Its eight lighted baseball and softball diamonds host games for all ages.
"Quality parks and recreation facilities are viewed as a necessity in Williamson County as part of our excellent quality of life, and we with the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department aspire to meet that need every day," Hudson says.
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