$23 million recreation plan doesn't include minor-league ballpark | Sports & Recreation
LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A $23 million plan to build and improve recreation and aging commission facilities in Lexington County does not include construction of a ballpark that would be home to a minor league baseball team.
The Lexington County Council approved a first reading of an ordinance that allows the county to issue up to $23 million dollars in bonds to pay for improvements, renovations and construction of several facilities throughout the county. The measure passed by a 8-1 vote.
Executive Director of the Lexington County Recreation Commission Randy Gibson says there's not enough money in the bond to build a minor-league ballpark.
The five-year plan includes expansion of current facilities, construction of recreational fields, ballparks and gyms, and construction and relocation of a senior center.
"We're building facilities that our residents can use during the week," said Gibson. "Then on the weekends, those facilities host tournaments and events with out-of-town participants, bringing people to Lexington County through sports tourism. Those events have an economic impact on the county."
Council member Brad Matthews says the proposal includes various projects and more details will be presented at the next County Council meeting. A public hearing on the issue is planned with a second reading. The next council meeting is October 29.
There has been some speculation that the Columbia Blowfish would relocate to Lexington County after losing their home at Capital City Stadium at the end of the 2013 season.
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