Knox Sportspark gets state honor

Sandra ClarkKarns

The World Sports League has named Knox County’s Sportpark as its “Complex of the Year for Tennessee.”

The park, nominated by the organization’s state board of directors, was picked over roughly 40 complexes, including finalists like the Summit in Chattanooga and Cane Ridge in Nashville, according to a Knox County press release. The WSL hosts thousands of adult slow-pitch softball tournaments across 34 states each year.

The Knox County Sportspark, located at 8050 Oak Ridge Highway in Karns, features four baseball/softball fields, one field exclusively for baseball and three practice football fields. The park also has a playground, a walking trail, concessions, a kayak launch and a pavilion for picnics.

The Sportspark will now compete against ones in Virginia, Florida, Alabama and Ohio for national honors.

“It took all of us to get this recognition so I want to say ‘thank you’ for everyone doing their part,” said Jennifer Gentry, sports operation manager for the Knox County Parks & Recreation Department.

In Tennessee, the WSL typically hosts about 500 tournaments each year, including six “key dates” in Knox County. The next major tournament is set for early May when more than 120 teams from across the nation will compete at the Sportspark.


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