Friday, April 25, 2008
Feature Ball Park Complex
RT Staff Note:Every month, we will feature a baseball complex that appeals to us. We have already ordained the East Cobb Complex as the Mother of all Baseball Complexes, but there are close seconds. Snowden Park, in Mississippi, just south of Memphis gets our vote this month.
Snowden Grove Park, built in 1999, has set the standard for which all new youth baseball complexes are trying to emulate. This 17-field baseball only facility possesses many features only previously found at professional stadiums.
Because of its many amenities and locale, Snowden Grove Park has been awarded and continues to host numerous World Series and National Events including the 1999 to present year - 10 Year Old USSSA World Series, 1999 to present year - NABF World Classics in the 9, 11 and 13 Year Old divisions and the 1999 thru 2009 - Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series in the 8, 9, 13, Soph., Jr. and Sr. divisions.
The development of Snowden Grove Park resulted in the City of Southaven receiving the prestigious Economic Development Award presented by the State of Mississippi for the impact that this park has had on the local economy of Southaven, MS. Snowden Grove Park was also awarded the USSSA World Series Host Site of the year in 2000.
The latest addition to Snowden Grove Park is the Southaven Field of Dreams, a mini complex for handicapped and mentally challenged children and adults. No longer are these special people left out, the Field of Dreams provides the opportunity for them to participate in the great game of Baseball in a safe environment.
Southaven, with its close proximity to Memphis, TN, offers small town charm with big city attractions such as Graceland, Casinos, Beale Street, BBQ, Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Redbirds and the mighty Mississippi River.
Complex and Field Specifications:
17 Baseball Only specific fields
Field# Foul Lines Center Field
A 1-5 180 feet 180 feet
B 8-9 200 feet 200 feet
B 6-7 250 feet 250 feet
C 10-11 250 feet 250 feet
C 12-13 275 feet 300 feet
D 14-15 300 feet 300 feet
D 16-17 325 feet 395 feet