Friday, January 27, 2017

A Day at the Park

 Not far from the base of Mount Cheaha and rock's throw from I-20, Choccolocco Park shines as a new 300 plus acre sportsplex, featuring everything from baseball to softball, soccer to track and field, with playgrounds, trails, and beautiful naturescapes in between.

The Choccolocco Valley has rich history, dating back to the prehistoric times to the woodland times, serving as the home for the modern day Muscogee Creek Nation. This history is featured on the park's Interpretive Trail, winding along the waterfront, past swings and playgrounds.

As you enter the park, you'll see the fully accessible Boundless Playground, for people of all ages, abilities and disabilities with double-wide ramps for wheelchair access and modified swings.

The signature baseball field matches major league specifications, with a 325 left field line, 390 center and 320 right field line. Recently, the field was awarded the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Field of the Year. The field also features two batting cages, locker rooms and hosts 1200 seating capacity. Jacksonville State University will call the signature field home for 2017, as renovations are made to Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville. The Signature Field will also host the OVC Baseball Championship.

The signature softball field matches NCAA standards with 205 left field line and 220 center. Seating about 800, this field also features two batting cages, locker rooms and will host the 2017 OVC Softball Championship.

The Track and Field facility, built to NCAA regulations, will host the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Championship, with its eight lane rubberized track hosting hammer throw, steeplechase. javelin, pole vault, long-jump, triple long-jump, high jump, discos throw, shot put, and more.

The four-field pod features two 300 fields and two high school regulation fields, to be used for the 2017 Dixie Youth Little League World Series in August. Next door, the five field pod has five 300 fields, baseball or softball, also to be used for the Dixie Youth Little League World Series.

Currently, there are four soccer fields with room for expanding to more, available for high school, collegiate, tournaments, clinics and more.

The park is conveniently located near accommodations, shopping, dining, making it a hospitable destination for residents and visitors. So, it's parks plus outdoor recreation activities like kayaking, hiking and more, plus cultural activities like the performing arts center and Museum and Gardens Complex.

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