Rocketown skate park in Antioch could open in 2023 for Christian teens

Rocketown skate park in Antioch could open in 2023 for Christian teens


Christian teen outreach center Rocketown closed on a 45,000 square foot facility in Antioch this week in hopes of building a second center to serve Nashville youth.

Rocketown executive director Kenny Alonzo confirmed to the Tennessean his organization spent $4.75 million to buy the Calvary Logistics Building at 5255 Hickory Hollow Parkway.

There, the organization will replicate its downtown facility by building a new skatepark, concert venue, coffee shop, recording studio and outdoor facilities, Alonzo said.

The facility also would run after-school programming for teens as it does downtown.

“This new facility will expand on current operations to offer hope and change futures through Christ’s love,” said Alonzo.

Templeton Academy students Rose Grimson and Andrew Biller practice in Rocketown’s recording studio in Nashville on Oct. 23. “It’s giving teens the ability to practice and learn instruments and be in a really inclusive space,” Grimson said. “It’s amazing.”

Christian singer Michael W. Smith founded Rocketown 25 years ago to provide a safe place for teens to gather with adult supervision and without drugs or alcohol. Rocketown estimates it has served two million youth since.

The Metro Council member who serves Antioch, Joy Styles, called the news phenomenal.

“We are desperately in need in the southeast for family friendly entertainment for all ages. With Rocketown’s arrival, we will effectively change that,” Styles said.

“This is a boon for our youth. With Rocketown providing a skatepark, a recording studio, and after-school programs, we will effectively be changing their futures in a safe environment.”.

Flashes of Fairview High's Prom Night, held at Rocketown in Nashville April 28, 2018.

Rocketown won’t take possession of the property until February, Alonzo said. 

By then, Rocketown officials hope to have city approval to begin construction, with a possible opening in 2023. 

The next major decision for Rocketown — will it keep its downtown location at 601 Fourth Ave. S., a property likely worth more than $30 million? 

There are no current plans to sell the property. But Alonzo said the board would weigh how to best serve the most youth.



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