Plans for new Moncks Corner rec center underway

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - By Sheldon Dutes  bio | email | Twitter 

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Moncks Corner Mayor William Peagler is poised to leave his mark on the town with a brand new 49 acre recreational complex.

"We think it's a win-win situation for our residents and children of the future," Peagler said.

The plot of land sits is located off of Main Street near Highway 52, and has the potential for some long term benefits.

"It's centrally located in town. It will contribute to downtown revitalization and contribute to the economy," Peagler added.

Plans are underway for multiple baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts and a community center. According to artist renderings, there's also room for a farmers market as well as concession stands.

Peagler hopes the new facility will attract tournaments, which would be another economic boost for the town.

The recreational complex would be the town's first and will cost approximately $23M, which will be funded in part by the Hospitality Tax. Under the incentive, any time someone enjoys a prepared meal in Moncks Corner, a cut of that money goes back to the town, according to Peagler.

In addition to the hospitality tax, the town is also applying for grants and considering other payment options.

Peagler says no money will be taken from the town's General Fund, which finances day-to-day operations.

Some Berkeley County residents are less concerned about the money issue, and more excited for the rec center's potential impact on the town.

"Instead of kids being on the street and getting in fights and robbing and stealing, they can do something productive with their life," one resident said.

Shannon Springs also agrees, "I hope it works out because the kids in this area really need something to do other than run the roads and gather at places that could cause problems."

The new facility will be built in phases over the next few years. The town could break ground on it as early as July.

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