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Atlanta Public Schools sports complex steps up to bat in Sweet Auburn

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Centrally located complex has launched to provide space for Grady High School sports to practice

A hand rendering of a brick building with glass clerestory windows and a flat cantilevered roof.
A view of the new field house at the Walden Athletics complex.
APS via Atlanta Intown

In the shadow of downtown, a new multipurpose sports facility for Atlanta Public Schools has begun construction on the site of a former middle school in Sweet Auburn.

Atlanta Intown reports the Walden Sports Complex—which will provide space for Grady High School students to practice soccer, football, lacrosse, softball, and baseball— has begun to take shape within the curve of the Freedom Parkway-Connector interchange.

Funded with $7 million of SPLOST money, the project will feature a large synthetic turf field for soccer, football, and lacrosse, and a natural grass baseball and softball field.

A field house and parking lot will round out the site, where the old middle school was demolished late last year.

Expected to be completed in time for the fall semester, the facility will provide much-needed relief for the landlocked Midtown school. For years, student athletes have lacked access to facilities provided at other schools in the district.

An official name for the fields is reportedly being left to the discretion of the school’s principal, and it will likely acknowledge the Grady cluster to which the facilities belong.