Life Under the Tower

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Community Matters: May 4, 2011

Inaugural Life Beyond the Tower Event to Be Held Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

Graduating Seniors are invited to gather at the Bell Tower for the last time as they make final preparations to become alumni of Belmont University. Please join your fellow graduating seniors for a short program featuring fellow senior Sarah Norton, recent alum Jeff Simpson, and Dr. Johnston, Dean of Students, as well as a candlelit procession and a small gift. The planning committee for this event hopes you’ll help celebrate the contribution of the senior class to the Belmont legacy.

For more information about the event, you can check out this week's edition of The Week at Belmont or check MyBelmont next week for updates.

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Belmont Celebrates the Opening of Rose Park with the Edgehill Community and Metro Parks

Belmont, Edgehill community leaders and the Metro Board of Parks and Recreation joined together yesterday to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex. The park festivities included a doubleheader Belmont baseball match up vs. Murray State along with kids’ activities, music and a complimentary dinner for Belmont students and the community.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony along with university president Dr. Bob Fisher, Athletic Director Mike Strickland, Deborah Washington (E.S. Rose family representative), 13-year-old Mekia Morrow (Rose Park Magnet School, Lighting the Path), 11-year-old baseball player JJ Mercer (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), Marty Dickens, a member of the Belmont Board of Trustees, Tommy Lynch from Metro Parks, Pastor Vincent Campbell from Kayne Avenue Baptist Church, District 19 Council member Erica Gilmore and Rev. Michael Broadnax of the Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

An innovative, shared facilities concept between Belmont University and Metro Parks, E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex features several state-of-the-art athletic venues, which will ultimately include: a 750-seat synthetic turf baseball field; a 250-seat natural grass softball field; a new 300-seat track; soccer facilities with synthetic turf for safety and speed; a walking track; relocated basketball courts; and a single-story 5,150-square-foot center providing team locker space and concession stand.

“Today represents a significant moment in the history of Belmont University and our ongoing relationships with both the city of Nashville and our campus neighbors. All of our students, faculty and staff recognize the incredible opportunities that come with the long-awaited grand opening of E.S. Rose Park,” said Dr. Fisher. “This facility not only provides our student-athletes and fans a beautiful new home field, but this Metro Park offers immense potential for Belmont University to more deeply connect with and serve our community partners, local schools and neighborhood children.”

Belmont University is investing more than $9 million in the park and will make annual lease payments of $50,000 to provide support to the surrounding schools as well as support the programming for youth and seniors at the Easley Center. Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation will own and control the scheduling of E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex and its improvements. The renovated E.S. Rose Park facility also promotes new and improved collaborations between the Easley Center, the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation facility located in the park; Carter Lawrence Elementary School; Rose Park Middle School; local neighborhood organizations; and nearby Belmont University.

For more photos from the event, click here.

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