New playground expected to open in Fort Mill this week

mharrison@fortmilltimes.comApril 1, 2013 

— If the weather ever catches up with the season and it actually starts to feel like spring outside, it will be just in time for two new park openings.

Well, one opening and one grand re-opening.

The Town of Fort Mill is expected to open a new downtown playground this week above the intersection of South White and Spratt streets.

“That finishes out Millstone Park with a nice playground,” town Parks and Recreation Director Brown Simpson said.

“I think it will be used a lot. It’s something kids can use now and it’s another amenity of Millstone Park overlooking downtown Fort Mill. It gives us another option for recreation right on the gates of the town.”

Millstone Park, built across the street from Veterans Park, offers a scenic view of the Main Street area and celebrates Fort Mill’s roots.

The property has been slated for a small playground since the town decided about two years ago to develop it as part of a plan to beautify the gateway area. More park space has been a priority since residents requested that in a survey.

“It was just trying to maximize the space we have and put something in that our residents would use,” Simpson said.

Also in the works is the finishing touches on a $1.6 million upgrade to the Doby’s Bridge Field ballpark. The facility on Doby’s Bridge Road now features two playing fields, restrooms and more parking.

“It’s 90 percent complete,” Simpson said.

All that’s left to do is “proof roll” the parking lot, he said.

“You have to make sure the subgrade beneath it is solid. It cannot be wet and it’s not been dry enough with the recent rain to put stone on top of it, but it’s looking really good and we think it’s huge plus for Fort Mill,” Simpson said.

Simpson said the town plans to announce a date to celebrate the re-opening of the enhanced park.

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