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Redevelopment Breaks Ground

[Gardendale, AL] June 6, 2022– Located just north of Birmingham, AL, the City of Gardendale
broke ground on the $32 million redevelopment of Bill Noble Park. The sports complex will
become a year-round destination for sports tourism and the local community to enjoy equally.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 2, 2022, on the site of Bill Noble Park.
Construction already started this spring on the sports complex which will feature nine
baseball/softball fields, eight tennis courts, eleven pickleball courts and so much more. The
venue is slated to be completed by spring 2023.
Gardendale’s Bill Noble Park will be a jewel for Gardendale and the surrounding areas and will
surely appeal to tournament organizers who want to be close to I-65. Dale Hyche, Parks &
Recreation Director of the City of Gardendale stated “This sports complex will allow us the
chance to be considered throughout the entire southern region for upcoming events. The
economic impact of driving visitors to Gardendale by attracting and hosting large tournaments
gives all residents of Gardendale a reason to celebrate this grand opening.”
The ceremony hosted representatives from the City of Gardendale, such as Mayor Hogeland,
the Gardendale City Council, management partner Sports Facilities Companies (SFC), and
former Mayor of Gardendale and guest of honor, William Noble. The project was announced in
2022 as part of an organized plan to revitalize the park. The design was comprehensive with the
city assembling an all-star team that included LBYD Engineering as project coordinator along
with Williams Blackstock Architects, HNP Landscape Architecture, and Stone Construction. 
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Mayor Hogeland went on to comment on this momentous occasion, “This is a proud day for not
only our city but all of Jefferson County. For many years, citizens have come to me saying that
they wish we had a park where boys and girls could play together. Well, that time has come.
From synthetic turf fields to places to play tennis, pickleball, football, soccer, lacrosse, beach
volleyball, to the unbelievable playground, and even a putting green – this park offers something
for the entire family. Then, on the weekends we will flip a switch turning it into an economic
development engine that will benefit our local businesses and help us track new growth as well.”
SFC Account Executive John Sparks added, “As work at Bill Noble Park gets underway, the
impact that this facility will have, not only on the city, but the entire region is quite significant.
This facility will foster the next generation of youth athletes locally but will also drive local
business and economic impact.” Sparks went on to state, “We are excited to partner with the
City of Gardendale, their architects, and builders. This complex will be something both citizens
of Gardendale and the surrounding region will all value, because the area will benefit from
having visitors drawn to this fantastic community.”

The SFC management team, led by John Sparks, will be assisting the City of
Gardendale operationally and begin hiring for the venue in the coming months – starting with the
crucial General Manager position. For more information, please contact the City of Gardendale

The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) are the Nation’s leading resources for the management and
development of 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 30+ 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
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