Soccer field

Brentwood football ground renamed in honor of former mayor

BRENTWOOD – Joe Reagan was never a huge football fan himself – he preferred Brentwood Civitan baseball.

But the former city commissioner and longtime mayor was instrumental in working with Williamson County to bring an indoor football pitch to Crockett Park in 2006.

Over a decade later, Reagan was recognized for his work.

The Williamson County Commission voted late last year to rename the football field after Reagan. He was honored at a groundbreaking ceremony for the name change last week.

“I’ve always been involved in anything sport-related,” said Reagan, who now lives in The Heritage seniors community in Brentwood. “It was only natural to be part of the football complex.”

A quality parks and recreation system is essential to “keep our young people happy,” Reagan said. And he was happy to help however he could.

Brentwood City Commissioner Joe Reagan, pictured in 2005, co-chaired the construction of the Brentwood Community Playground at Crockett Park.

Reagan served on the city of Brentwood commission for 18 years before stepping down from the board in 2011.

“It was fun,” he said of his time representing the city. “We had the best of everything.”

The result of a partnership between Brentwood and the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, the nearly 30,000 square foot facility cost $ 4 million and took a year to build.

The city and county shared the cost of the complex, and Brentwood donated the land.

Steel Thomas, 10, kicks the ball during soccer practice for children ages 7-10 at Crockett Park in Brentwood, Tennessee on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Reagan said the news surprised him when he first heard that the pitch would be renamed in his honor.

“I am touched beyond belief that I have received so much recognition,” he said. “I feel like I contributed a lot, and I guess some of my friends in the county agree.”

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