Rutherford County Offers an Array of Recreational Opportunities

On Friday, April 29, 2011 - 07:27
Murfreesboro TN

Rutherford County offers an array of recreational opportunities, including parks and athletic facilities.

A Plethora of Parks

One of Rutherford County's major recreational draws is its expansive park system. With 10 parks in Smyrna and five in La Vergne, nature serves as an open door into community involvement for residents new and old.

The Murfreesboro Greenway System, which runs along the Stones River, is a 10-mile asphalt trail, ideal for walking, jogging, running, rollerblading or biking. In addition to its recreational appeal, a number of annual community events are hosted along the Greenway as well. 

Lee Victory Park is another popular park in Smyrna. Whether it's picnicking, exercise or leisure visitors are after, Lee Victory has something for everyone, with 40 acres at its disposal. Smyrna's Gregory Mill Park offers family fun with a splash of history. Its walking trail, kid-friendly Splash Pad and historic dam make for a fun-filled day of recreation.

Veterans Memorial Skate Park in La Vergne boasts a new $40,000 skate park that includes street-skating features such as a half pipe, stairs and grind bars. A few other popular parks in the county are Long Hunter State Park, Old Fort Park and Barfield Crescent Park.

From Land to Water

There is no shortage of waterworks in Rutherford County. The Murfree Spring Wetlands is a 25-acre oasis with amenities such as an amphitheater, boardwalks, water features and a playground. Also located within Murfree Spring is the Discovery Center, a hands-on children's museum and nature center.

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department unveiled a renovated and expanded outdoor pool at the water park in the Sports*Com recreational facility. Sports*Com also offers an eigth-lane indoor pool, gymnasium, aerobics area, game room, fitness equipment and sand volleyball courts.

Sports Facilities Energize County and Campus

MTSU, both an educational and recreational hub of Rutherford County, expanded its Campus Recreation Center by building the new Sport Club Complex. The school was in need of an adequate recreational venue, seeing as it sponsors an intramural sports program of more than 30 sports, as well as 23 club programs, which range from lacrosse and ice hockey to rugby and skydiving. Located a half mile from campus, the Sport Club Complex features two large multipurpose fields, a walking track and a clubhouse. The Sport Club Complex also offers expanded weight training, cardio rooms and a 10,000-square-foot wellness center.