Clemons Recreational Complex
The Kenneth A. Clemons Recreational Complex (formerly the Gardendale Soccer Complex) is home to Gardendale youth and adult Soccer programs, as well as the Celebration Park Playground, Pavilion and Splash Pad area. Recent additions also include a trail system, dog park, and disc golf course. A 1/3 mile walking track surrounds the main soccer fields. The complex currently has 57 acres and is located on the southern end of Fieldstown Road, about 2 1/2 miles west of I-65. The address of the complex is 2191 Fieldstown Road, Gardendale, AL 35071.
It is named for Kenny Clemons, who served as Mayor of Gardendale from 1996 to 2008.
History2003 as the Gardendale Soccer Complex and had two, regulation size soccer fields.
The main soccer field "Farley Field" was named for Sherry and Randy Farley on July 9, 2007 for their countless hours and diligent efforts in providing the children of Gardendale with a place to learn, grow and love the game of soccer.
In 2007, Celebration Park was created as a playground for children. It was dedicated on May 4, 2007.
In 2008, a splash pad was added to Celebration Park as a place for children to enjoy water fun and amusement. It was dedicated on September 19, 2008. Also in October 2008, the Gardendale Soccer Complex was renamed to Kenneth A. Clemons Recreational Complex in honor of Kenny Clemons for his many years of service to the city.
In 2016, the Little Free Library was built by Julian Burkett of Boy Scout Troop 100 as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Burkett built a pair of handcrafted, weather-proof bookcases and installed them on the side of the Soccer Field concession stand. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on January 17, 2016.
In 2017, the Gardendale Urban Trail System (GUTS) was created as an urban trail system. It was dedicated March 8, 2017. In June of 2019, the Five Mile Creek Greenway was connected to the GUTS trail system.
In the spring of 2019, a separate area designed for toddlers was added to the splash pad and a new field was added for the flag football program.
Parks, Trails, and Fields
- Soccer Fields (opened in 2003)
- Celebration Park (dedicated on May 4, 2007)
- Splash Pad (dedicated on September 19, 2008)
- Gardendale Urban Trail System (GUTS; dedicated March 8, 2017)
- Disc Golf (opened May 19, 2017)
- Dog Park (dedicated November 29, 2017)
- Five Mile Creek Greenway (opened June 2019)
- Clemons Recreational Complex website
- Pelkey, Danielle (September 19, 2008) "Gardendale splash pad officially open" North Jefferson News
- Brigham, John (October 22, 2008) "Veteran leaders say goodbye" North Jefferson News
- Davis, Rachel (June 13, 2016) "Gardendale Council to build trail at park" North Jefferson News
- Davis, Rachel (January 23, 2017) "Gardendale Boy Scout builds Little Free Library" North Jefferson News