The City of Orangeburg will hold an official groundbreaking for its North Road recreation complex at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The $20 million complex will be built behind Walmart.

It will include two clusters of baseball and softball fields, restrooms, concession stands, press boxes and meeting rooms. There will also be walking and biking trails, picnic tables, playground equipment and open green space, as well as about 500 parking spaces.

About 80 acres have been cleared for the project between the North Road Walmart and Medway Drive.

Peak, S.C.-based Edcon Inc. was given the $15.1 million contract to serve as the project's general contractor during a November city council meeting.

At the last council meeting, a $1.2 million contract with Techline Sports Lighting was approved for the installation of an LED lighting system.

About $12 million has been allocated toward the project from the first three rounds of Orangeburg County’s capital projects sales tax. An additional $200,000 from the fourth round will be used for the complex and traffic control.

The complex will also likely be funded through the city's hospitality and accommodations tax.

The city will need to borrow about $4 million. Yow has recommended council consider refinancing some of the city’s existing bonds to generate the funds.

Contact the writer: jmack@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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