Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Moncks Corner Town Council and the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Corporation Board of Directors got a close and personal look at the town’s new regional recreation complex last week.
Park and recreation director Ralph Jones commandeered a pair of luxury golf carts courtesy of Town and Country Golf Carts in Moncks Corner and took council members on a tour of the complex, offering a progress report on construction.
“The dugout and bleacher bases have been poured and the clay for the bullpens is in,” Jones said. “Clay and dirt are being brought in for the infield and common area for lawn chairs behind home plate.”
Jones said the bullpens for each field are 70 feet in length and will be graded flat.
“This is where the value of our portable pitchers mounds come in handy,” Jones said. “You can adjust the pitching distance for whatever age group is playing.
High school distances are 60 feet, 6 inches, while Little League/Youth League distances are 46 feet. Pony League pitching distance is 54 feet.
Girls fast-pitch softball pitch from 43 feet.
The bullpen distances can be adjusted to accommodate each age group.
Construction workers installed backstop fencing and poured the concrete for the road curbs leading into the complex during the twin golfcart tour. The light standards for the four baseball fields have been installed.
“It’s really starting to look like a park,” said Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler.
The tour occurred prior to council’s Oct. 15 meeting.
The Phase I stage of the recreation complex includes four baseball fields, a press box/concession stand, parking lots and walking trails.
“It’s really going on out there guys,” Peagler said. “It is finally coming to some sort of fruition. You can see the progress being made ... they are starting to look like ball fields.”
Included in the planned design of the complex is a farmer’s market pavilion, a football field, soccer field, tennis courts, basketball courts and a baseball field.
Phase I of the town’s recreation complex is tentatively scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014.