Making concessions in Choppee
Folks in Andrews and Choppee will have tennis courts and new multi-purpose fields to use in the fall as construction continues on county recreation projects.
In Choppee the work is being done at the former high school. A multi-purpose field behind the school has been torn up and is being replaced and part of the building has been torn down to make way for two tennis courts. The facility will also have two outdoor basketball courts.
On Monday, crews were digging a new well, building a concession stand, and grading the area directly behind the building for new parking lots.
Parking has become a major component in the design of new county parks and the remodel of old parks, according to Paul McCulloch, recreation manager for Georgetown County Parks and Recreation.
“A lot of [old] parks weren’t designed with parking in mind,” McCulloch said.
Having designated parking areas improves safety, he added.
The new multi-purpose field will be used for football and soccer.
Football and basketball are the two most popular recreation sports in the Choppee area, McCulloch said, but soccer is growing slowly.
This phase of work at Choppee is costing $2.1 million. The money is part of the county’s Capital Improvement Plan.
In Andrews, a new multi-purpose field and six tennis courts are being installed at the recreation center.
An old field on one side of the center has been ripped up and will be resodded in the near future. Sidewalks and curbing for a new parking area are also being installed.
On the other side of the center, the area where the tennis courts will be has been cleared and the wiring for the lights has started.
Eventually a new center will be built. The facility will also include outdoor basketball courts.
This phase of work at Andrews is costing $1.8 million. The money is part of the county’s Capital Improvement Plan.
The new facilities in Andrews and Choppee are expected to open in October.
Work hasn’t started yet on Olive Park, another county recreation facility in Andrews, which will be home to five baseball/softball fields.
There were two buildings on the property that had to be torn down before site work could begin. Demolition has been competed on one.
Olive Park is around the corner from the current baseball facility on Catcaw Road.
About 500 kids in the area play recreation league baseball and softball.
The county is continuing to negotiate with Red Mountain Timber Co. to reopen the Rocky Point boat landing to the public.
The county had a lease to use the facility on the Black River, but Red Mountain Timber did not allow the lease to be renewed.
“We’re still very hopeful that we can work something out,” said Beth Goodale, director of parks and recreation. “We’ve got our fingers crossed.”
Georgetown County Parks and Recreation is looking for sponsors and volunteers for the 2012 Dixie Softball Darlings and Angels World Series and the 2012 Dixie Youth “O” Zone State Tournaments, which will take place in this summer at 8 Oaks Park.
Hosts will meet the coaches at the coaches meeting on July 27 and then greet their teams at the opening ceremony dinner. Teams will be here three to six days.
Host duties will include advising teams on driving directions, and places to eat, visit, and shop. The hosts are the tour guides for Georgetown County.
The county is also looking for sponsors and food vendors to set up at 8 Oaks during tournaments.
For more information call McCulloch at 545-3319.
By Chris Sokoloski
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