At one time, Pigg Park was the center of Pageland’s activity.
There were youth baseball games followed by picnics at the clubhouse. You can walk through the woods to the town pond.
Today there is no electricity at the pavilion and the roof needs to be repaired. The city recently put out a tender for the replacement or repair of the roof of the pavilion.
The dugouts on the baseball field were in such bad condition that the city recently demolished them.
The sport of choice is football. Sunday is a popular day for football at the park, city administrator Cecil Kimrey said. A contractor cuts the grass in the park.
There are new nets on the basketball court.
The city has two choices when it comes to the pond, they can either remove the earthen dam or improve it. The decision is not immediate, but at some point, SC’s Department of Health and Environmental Control will force the city to make a costly decision.
Estimates for the dam project are $ 450,000.
Some want to see more at the park. They see an opportunity to maximize a city resource, adding amenities such as an amphitheater, a walking path around the lake, and playground equipment.
Kimrey recently estimated that such improvements could easily cost the city $ 1.5 million or more. He noted that the city had spent around $ 1 million to build the community center, a walking track and a ball field complex. âTo duplicate that today, the cost would be four times that,â Kimrey said.
Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, said a local benefactor has expressed interest in funding the amphitheater project.
He said the city should view the Pigg Park improvements as economic development. An improved park could help attract industries, as well as new residents.
The quality of stores, schools and parks is often a deciding factor when people move, Griffin said.
City council has referred the discussion of the Pigg Park improvements to its Parks and Recreation committee, a group that has not formally met for several years. Griffin said discussions should also include the Planning Commission and more public comment.
âWe have to open this up and make it a public solution,â he said.
Griffin said the city could sell Terry Lake to help fund improvements to Pigg Park. Terry Lake used to supply the city with water. The council leased the lake to a private company, but still retains responsibility for the lake dam. The sale of the dam would remove the responsibility of the city.
Griffin said the tenant should have the first option to purchase the lake.