NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – Plans are in the works to expand a recreational and activities hub in North Augusta.
On Monday, the North Augusta City Council discussed the cost of adding 2 new gyms to Riverview Park Activities Center.
Just this year the center held the Nike Peach Jam and a Donald Trump rally, both events pushing the capacity limits. Now, as the City of North Augusta continues to grow, both city leaders and members of the community want the recreational facility to be able to keep up with demand.
North Augusta’s 94,000 square foot, Riverview Park Activities Center was built-in 1994. Some North Augusta City Council members say the facility was a great economic investment, but now the popularity of the recreational center is making it a little crowded.
“They already have everything like a basketball court, soccer, football, stuff like that,” North Augusta residents, Montier Mitchell said.
“The park’s real nice, the tennis courts are nice. The baseball fields are so nice so expanding it would definitely be a wise idea.” Mark Countryman, a resident of North Augusta, told WJBF News Channel 6.
Only days after announcing the million-dollar expansion proposal, North Augusta City Council met to discuss 2 potential designs and what they would cost.
According to estimates, options A-1 and A-2 roughly cost more than $5 million dollars.
In Monday’s Study Session, City Administrator Todd Glover said the added alternatives could be cut, lowering the price of either option.
If the project is approved, the future activities center will house 2 new gyms.
That much like the existing gyms can be used for more than recreational activities. “Sometimes I come here for events that happened,” Brianna Gordon, North Augusta resident, said. “Different expos… health expos.”
The 149-acres of land that the current activity center sits on offers a wide-variety of options for outdoor fun.
Some frequent users say the idea of investing more money into it is good for future generations and the overall well-being of the community.
“I feel it’s good to have a place for young people to come to. So we can stay out of trouble. I think it’s good for us to just come, instead of going out here… doing something, vandalizing something. We can just come here and cut and have a good time and also lose some weight.” Gordon told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
The City of North Augusta has not opened the bidding for the potential project. When it does, the estimated cost could drop.
Glover says the city will use Sales Tax and Capital Project money to fund the expansion.