Brenau University is in the midst of constructing the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, named for a former resident of the New Holland community and located just a few miles from our residential campus. The 16.75 acres, fronting on Jesse Jewell Avenue, is the historic site of the New Holland School, community athletic fields, and other village establishments constructed adjacent to the existing Milliken plant prior to a gift of land from Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. to Brenau in 2013. Brenau is undertaking two phases of construction. The initial phase will include the site development, a softball field and bleachers, parking, and a field house. Phase Two of the project will address Brenau’s soccer/field sports and track and field needs through the creation of a traditional field surrounded by a track. This phase of the project, in addition to irrigation and drainage systems for the property, is $2.5 million.
Brenau’s student-athletes, now numbering 175 and growing, constitute a significant portion of our Women’s College student body. The new Athletics Park will enhance our ability to recruit top student-athletes annually, while also providing them with facilities worthy of their competitive successes. In addition, it will be the first time Brenau will fully control its athletic facilities, as to this point the university could only rent public spaces overseen by Gainesville and Hall County, often causing issues with the scheduling of our competitive events.
Not only with this park be of great benefit to the University, but the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park will have a beneficial impact on all in this region. Brenau will oversee the green space created by this project and will facilitate numerous community use possibilities such as youth league sports competition, films on “The Green” providing evening entertainment for all who would like to attend, and entertainment and family recreational opportunities for those in the New Holland neighborhood and beyond. These public programs will be organized and supervised by Brenau interns and professional staff, ensuring the quality of these community events and openness of participation.
For more information about the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park or the Women’s Education Initiative of the ForeverGold campaign, please contact the Office of External Relations at 770-534-6174