Hyde Park residents don't want proposed drag strip

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There's talk of another drag strip coming to South Augusta, this time to Hyde Park off Gordon Highway.

Nearly 300 acres will be needed for the facilities and track.

City administrator Fred Russell is reviewing a proposal, but some residents living there say no way.

Residents in Hyde Park say don't even think about putting a racetrack in their neighborhood.

"I think they should go out in the country and drag way out there...why they want to pick this area?" says Madelene Bogan, who has lived in Hyde Park for 30 years.

She says it's quiet, and she wants to keep it that way.

"I don't like a lot of noise, that fast driving that is what I am talking about."

City administrator Fred Russell says a local group has presented a plan to put a one-mile drag strip in Hyde Park.

Russell says the city has been approved to spend up to $25,000 on a consultant.

"The study is a two fold thing; look at economic impact and the particular site," Russell says.

If Hyde Park is picked, some residents could have to be relocated to make room for the 250-300 acre parking lot and facilities.

Madelene Bogan says even if she is paid to move, she doesn't want to be uprooted.

"I done paid for this, and I don't want to have to move," she says.

"That's an idea, but some people have established generations here, so they are not ready to move or can't afford to move," says resident Clyde Barber.

Hyde Park is just a proposal at this point. Another group submitted another proposal last year for a drag strip at Augusta Park off Mike Padgett Highway.

Consultants plan to look at all sites and determine which is the best.