Work on new park yet to start despite scheduled concerts

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Saturday April 8, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "I'd see it happen before I bought a ticket," said Tiffany Quick, who works in Augusta.

She's referring to a ticket to the grand opening of Turn on Your Radio Music Park.

News 12 first told you about the project in February, to bring an 18,000 seat music park to the corner of Peach Orchard and Phinizy Rd.

"It'll be an all day southern rock and country festival that we'll have out there," said Founder and CEO of the project, Charles Collins.

And Collins says tickets are on sale. But, many in the community feel this could all be a scam.

"I don't see thinking it would be a scam," said Quick. "As long as it actually happens."

The space looks much the same as it did six weeks ago and the project has yet to start.

Collins says getting the space ready will only take about two days. It's set to open Saturday.

"It's just basically bush-hogging and trimming out some small trees and the ditch line," he said. "And we've got plenty of room to put 5,000 to 10,000 people right there in that area."

Richmond County planning officials say they worked for six weeks to help Collins get the space in order.

"They want the letters today, you know, and the other stuff," said Collins.

The last thing the planning department needed was parking plans. And, Collins missed the deadline.

But he refuses to be discouraged. He says all he needs now is community support.

"We are gonna make it happen and if they'll come on out today and buy tickets and all this week," said Collins. "Then we can have a pretty nice weekend down here."

"It would be a good idea, because we don't [anything]like that on this side of town," said Quick. "Because I've got a 2-year-old and that would be nice to just go five minutes down the road, and just have a day with my daughter."

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