The site already features a football field, but the design includes a new synthetic turf that can be used for football other sports.
Grady’s football, soccer, and lacrosse teams will practice at the new Walden complex, where some lacrosse and soccer games also may be played.
The football team will continue to play games at Grady and Lakewood stadiums, facilities shared by Atlanta high schools.
Other project amenities include sidewalks, parking, fencing, athletic and security lighting, scoreboards, and concrete pads and bleachers.
The design for Walden Athletic Complex.
The Walden site on Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward is roughly two miles south of Grady and Inman schools.
The school board this month unanimously approved a $7.39 million contract with Parrish Construction Group for the athletic complex project. The total cost, including design and other expenses, is budgeted at $8 million, according to school district documents.
APS will pay for the project using money from the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, known as SPLOST, that voters approved in 2016.
The sales tax is estimated to generate roughly $475 million for school construction and renovation, technology purchases, and other items.
The district plans to spend an additional $9.1 million on other athletic facility upgrades throughout the district.
That work will result in all APS high schools having a field house and storage facility. Of the $9.1 million, about $1 million will be spent to upgrade Lakewood and Grady stadiums. A timeline for those projects has not been determined.