MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – The Mount Pleasant City Council has unanimously approved funding for the fourth phase of the Carolina Park Recreation Complex, to be conducted concurrently with the third phase.
These two phases will complete the city’s second largest recreation complex behind the Park West Recreation Complex.
“After the pandemic, there was even greater demand in our outdoor courts and recreation areas,” Councilor Jake Rambo said. “I think people have discovered the joy of outdoor exercise and outdoor activities even more, and our enrollments in our recreational programs are increasing, and that’s really going to meet those needs.”
Phase four will feature two additional full-size soccer fields, an additional baseball field, a playground, an outdoor basketball court, and two regular girls’ softball fields.
It will be the first time the city will be able to offer players regular softball fields. Rambo said historically, softball fields in the city have been used by both adult and youth softball leagues.
“The problem with this is that the fences are very wide; it’s a very big field,” said Rambo. “It doesn’t fit the needs of a teenage girls softball program. It’s actually going to meet those needs and these girls and their coaches are super excited.”
There are currently four soccer fields, sanitary facilities and parking spaces in the complex. More parking lots will be added in the new phase to accommodate the new fields.
“We have people every day who are tearing down our doors, who want to rent fields and want to get their kids to play, and all these different teams and activities and programs, and we didn’t have enough space to accommodate all of these requests,” Rambo said .
The fields are on Faison Road.
The two phases will cost approximately $9 million. Rambo said the park will benefit children the most and bring more recreational opportunities to the north side of the city.
Officials say construction of the new phases is expected to begin later this summer and be completed by fall 2023.
The council voted on phase four during a Tuesday night session.
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