Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly completed Club Sports Complex on Wednesday, March 18, at 3 p.m. The program will take place at the complex located off South Milledge Avenue, near the “Red Barn.” A reception will follow the dedication ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
The project, started in late summer of 2008, boasts many innovative and environmentally friendly features making facility sustainability much more effective and efficient.
The complex features: an irrigation system for the playing fields that uses water from retaining ponds which are fed by wells drilled for that purpose; drought resistant landscaping; a graded parking lot composed of 210 tons of recycled concrete harvested from the UGA College of Pharmacy demolition/construction site; a drainage system that filters parking lot runoff through gravel and rocks to the retaining ponds for use in the irrigation of the fields; computer controlled field lighting that can be accessed by staff on site or from any internet location in the world; LED lighting for the parking lot powered by solar panels; bathroom facilities that feature composting toilets that use only 3 ounces of water per flush and are housed in a low profile building complimentary to its surroundings; and wooden split-rail fencing surrounding the entire complex to maintain the integrity of the site.
No trees were removed or relocated during the execution of this project.
According to Mitch Gartenberg, director of recreational sports and the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, “This complex will enhance the student learning experience by providing club sports teams greater opportunities for organization, planning, practice and play.”
UGA President Michael F. Adams will preside at the dedication event. Rodney Bennett, vice president for student affairs; Michael Leitmann, UGA student and men’s rugby club president; and Gartenberg, will speak.
Emmie Harbin, club sports and complex coordinator, will be responsible for the day to day operation of the facility.