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Atlanta Public Schools Celebrate Opening Of New Walden Athletic Complex

It has been almost a year since the Atlanta Public School system announced that they would tear down Walden Middle School, which closed in 2008 due to enrollment declining, and would transform the area into an $8 million athletic complex to be used by the Grady High School and Inman Middle School athletics departments.

On Friday, APS held their official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the brand new facility located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The ribbon cutting was followed by a day of entertainment as APS students participated with performances all led by APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who also spoke at the State of the District which immediately followed the ceremony.

During the State of the District, Carstarphen told attendees that the new facility's use would be primarily for the use of the Grady cluster as the high school has not had its own practice facility in decades. Although, the campus house a football stadium, it is a shared stadium for several APS schools for game day events which can make practice schedules difficult for the Grady teams. Walden will also service as the home game site for Grady's baseball and softball teams with some lacrosse and soccer games being onsite as well. Watch our exclusive coverage of the Walden Athletic Complex ribbon cutting ceremony to hear more from Carstarphen and APS Director of Athletic Jasper Jewell!

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