North Augusta looking to develop old Country Club into parks and rec space

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 / News 12 at 11 o'clock

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - David Buck was out at Riverview Park getting his girls soccer team in shape for their upcoming game.

"I've been down here coaching for several years. I think this is my 17th year," Buck said.

But Buck also said it's not always the easiest thing getting everyone out there.

"We don't have enough facilities," Buck said. "There are a number of times you can't get a practice scheduled because there aren't enough soccer fields or enough gyms for basketball."

That's why he's supportive of the city's new deal to get the land at the North Augusta Country Club on Gregory Lake Road so they can build more recreational facilities.

"I do think it is a great idea," he said.

It's all part of a swap with businessman Donnie Thompson.

In the deal, the city would get the land he owns at the Country Club, and he'd get land at the Northview Park off Five Notch Road. That plot is about 30 acres more than the Country Club property.

"That's kind of the line of thinking -- how can we offer a whole other line of recreational activities that we do not have now?" North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said.

Glover said they do plan to add some baseball and soccer fields; but they also want to focus on things you can't get somewhere like Riverview to draw a new crowd.

"There may even be an opportunity for us to, say, keep six greens and have a little par three," he said.

Eventually, with the growing population of the city, he says they could build an entirely new recreation center.

"If we went to something like that, my guess is that would be a part of sales tax five. We're just getting into four now, so that's at least seven years out," said Glover.

The swap deal still has to pass its second and third readings at city council. After that, it becomes official, and each side begins their own development.

Donnie Thompson says he wants to turn the Northview Park area into new homes.

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