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Grand opening, ribbon cutting for Orangeburg's new recreation park coming within weeks
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Grand opening, ribbon cutting for Orangeburg's new recreation park coming within weeks

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A ribbon cutting and grand opening for the much-anticipated Orangeburg recreational complex on North Road is scheduled to occur within the next few weeks.

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"We will go very soon," Orangeburg City Administrator John Yow said earlier this week. "The city is very close to accepting the project from the contractor."

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"There was an extensive punch list the architects and engineers provided the contractor," Yow continued. "Most of these were not major items. The extensive list is almost completed."

For example, Yow said some of the punch list issues worked on include ensuring the park is safe, redoing walking paths, repainting, receiving Department of Health and Environmental Control inspections of the concession stands, the installation of bleachers, trash cans, furnishings and signage.

Yow said there was a desire to open the park before the end of the baseball season, but since baseball season has come and gone, the city is now focused on making sure the project is completed correctly.

The anticipated completion and opening of the complex, which is located behind Orangeburg Preparatory Schools' North Road campus, was initially targeted for the middle of May, but wet weather ended up pushing the project back.

The approximately $17 to $18 million complex will have two clusters of baseball and softball fields, restrooms, walking and biking trails, picnic tables, playground equipment and open green space.

The park will have two press boxes as well as concession stands.

The park will use LED lights.

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The recreation complex will also include more than 500 parking spaces.

Ground was broken on the complex in February 2018.

Peak, S.C.-based Edcon was awarded the $15.1 million contract. Irmo-based Coogler Construction Co. Inc. is the largest subcontractor.

In August 2018, council purchased about 19 acres from the YMCA of Columbia. The land was situated in the middle of property the city currently owns. The total project will occupy 133 acres when complete. When the additional acres are developed, the city estimates the entire project cost to reach about $20 million.

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 city also needed to borrow about $4 million. The bond will be paid with accommodations and hospitality tax revenue, not property taxes.

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The complex has been touted as an ideal site for collegiate tournaments as well as softball and baseball tournaments.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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