The sun shined brightly on Moncks Corner last week – despite the cloudy weather.
On Friday, April 4, the legislative delegation of State Senators Larry Grooms, Paul Campbell and Yancey McGill presented Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler with a $250,000 state grant check from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for use in helping to complete the town’s new regional recreation complex.
Sen. Grooms said a grant of this size coming from the state is significant.
“It’s not unusual but this is a special grant award,” Grooms said. “Mayor Peagler came before the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to make two presentations about what this new park could do as a tourism draw into not just Moncks Corner but Berkeley County as a whole. He impressed the committee and we are extremely proud and happy to award the Town of Moncks Corner this grant.”
Peagler said the park is all about quality of life in Moncks Corner.
“Ever since I first took public office I have always preached about what we do as elected officials here is about improving the quality of life for not just residents of Moncks Corner, but all residents of Berkeley County as well,” he said.
Peagler added the town was deeply appreciative of the money and that it would go a long way in finishing Phase I of the complex.
“This grant and check are the kind of things you can accomplish when you work together, and myself and the Town of Moncks Corner work very well with Senators McGill, Grooms and Campbell.”
Completion of the complex had been originally slated for Aug. 2013 but weather played a factor in construction delays. Earlier this year the mayor set a goal to have the fields finished and ready for games by Opening Day, March 28, but the two ice storms in February pushed that date back 60 days.
“Mother Nature has not been cooperating but you can see we are getting close,” the mayor said.
Sen. McGill praised the mayor and the town for its vision in providing a regional venue such as the recreation complex.
“This complex will draw people from all around the state. It is not just a jewel for the Town of Moncks Corner but all of Berkeley County and surrounding counties as well. I applaud the mayor’s vision with this park.
“This will fast become a magnet drawing tourists to Berkeley County.”
Senator Campbell echoed the other senators’ sentiments.
“This is an amazing vision by the town and by Mayor Peagler and it is our jobs as the legislative delegation for Berkeley County and the surrounding area to work together to improve the quality of our parks and recreation opportunities here, but to increase tourism as well. This park accomplishes all three of these.”
The Town purchased the 52-acre site in 2010 with Phase I construction taking almost two years to complete. Other phases include a football field, soccer fields, walking trails, a farmer’s market and a community center.