City of Gardendale Celebrates Prestigious Gold Award for Excellence
(Gardendale, Ala.) Dec. 27, 2023– Bill Noble Park in Gardendale, Alabama, has been awarded
the first place, gold award for Outstanding Outdoor Pickleball Facility of the Year by The
American Sports Builders Association (ASBA). This prestigious award is presented each year to
facilities built by ASBA members that best exemplify construction excellence.
Winners of awards were announced at the Association’s 2023 Technical Meeting, presented
from December 1-4 in Houston, Texas. Projects are scored individually based on considerations
such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities,
innovation, and overall impression. Winning entries are those whose cumulative scores met or
exceeded the standard.
“We are proud of the work done by all members of ASBA, but this year’s award-winning
projects showcase true excellence,” said David Clapp, CTCB, chairman of the Association. “They
are not only designed and constructed to exacting standards, as well as being aesthetically
beautiful, but they provide an excellent playing experience for the athletes who use them and
the spectators who come to watch them.”
The park officially opened to the public on March 11, 2023. General Manager, Jesse Newsom
expressed his pride in the park’s recognition, saying, “I couldn’t be prouder of how our new
facility is being honored in our first year of being open. We are not only striving for excellence
for our community but being recognized on a national level is incredibly impactful for our
The City of Gardendale park is managed by Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) and it offers a
variety of outdoor pickleball courts and softball/baseball fields, as well as an indoor event
center, and a variety of other amenities. The park is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable
experience for all players, from beginners to experienced athletes.
The park also offers a variety of programs and events, such as tournaments, clinics, seasonal
holiday events and leagues. The park is open to the public and is a great place for families and
friends to come together and enjoy the thrill of sports.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award, Bill Noble Park has quickly put Gardendale
on the sports tourism map while continuing our emphasis on our resident’s quality of life.
“Maximize usage, while protecting the rights and expectations of the local residents” is the
motto developed to ensure that the park functions as planned” says Gardendale Mayor Stan
“We are proud to have a facility that is not only a great place to play pickleball but also a place
that brings people together and encourages a healthy lifestyle,” said SFC Vice President John
For more information about the venue please visit Bill Noble Park’s website.
Bill Noble Park, located in Gardendale, AL, has been developed as the southeast region’s ideal
destination for premium sports and events. Operated and managed by the Sports Facilities
Companies, the park features nine softball/baseball fields, eight tennis courts, eleven pickleball
courts, one football/soccer field, a state-of-the-art inclusive playground and more. The $32
million complex will host sports events year-round for local Gardendale residents and traveling
tourism families alike.
The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) are the Nation’s leading resources for managing and
developing sports, recreation, wellness, and events facilities. As a turn-key solution for
community leaders and developers alike, SFC services span the gamut of sports and recreation
needs from sports tourism & recreation master planning, program planning, and feasibility
through professional facility management services. Our 50+ managed venues and 1500+ team
members, represented by the SF Network, welcome more than 25 million guest visits and
produce over $250 million in economic impact each year. To learn more, please visit Sports
Facilities and theSFNetwork.