2017-07-17 / Local News

City council could add $200,000 to cost of building new park

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

The city’s Railroad Avenue park project will likely get costlier.

The proposed cost of the 3.65-acre park adjacent to the county administration building is $1.5 million. That will increase today if Gaffney City Council goes along with its Building and Grounds Committee’s recommendation and spends $200,000 to acquire and renovate the former Broad River Baptist administration building.

The building would be transformed into restroom facilities and storage for the park.

Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Bernard Smith said the price tag for the building isn’t much higher than the estimated $150,000 it would cost to build new restroom facilities on the park property.

The city will dip into its Hospitality Tax coffers to cover the additional costs.

Plans call for the city to begin construction of the park, which will include a pavilion with amphitheater style seating for up to 700 people, later this summer.

The plan also includes a perimeter walking trail and several fitness stations.

The city hopes the amphitheater will become the permanent venue for South Carolina Peach Festival concerts.

This past fall the city received $350,000 through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to build the park.

Today’s council meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

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