Balch Provides Environmental Counsel to City of Oxford, Alabama to Help Open $36 Million Sports Complex
Balch provided counsel to the City of Oxford, Alabama as it developed and completed Choccolocco Park, a $36 million sports complex located in Oxford. Jim Noles, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, helped fulfill the archeological requirements of the project under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The facility is named after a nearby creek which includes historic ties to the area’s Native American inhabitants. The 366-acre park was unveiled by city and county officials, after nearly a decade of planning, on October 16, 2016. The new park includes four soccer fields, 11 fields for softball and baseball, a playground designed for children with disabilities, three miles of walking and biking paths that include plaques that share the land’s history.
Balch worked in tandem with the City of Oxford, Alabama, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Muscogee Creek Nation, Frazer Environmental Consulting and R.E. Perry and Associates to help ensure the new facility is educational and respectful to its past.