New field In Fort Mill to open in the spring

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill folks should be able to play ball next spring on a new multipurpose field at the site of the town's former water-filter plant on Calhoun Street.

The Town Council this week allocated $300,000 for the field. The land has been graded, and as soon as lighting is installed, irrigation and seeding can begin, said Fort Mill Town Manager David Hudspeth. Grass should be sufficiently established for the field's use next spring, he said.

"There's always a need for more athletic fields," Hudspeth said. "Most recreation programs are run by the Leroy Springs recreation complex, but the field will be available for other uses. We had a desire to do something with the property."

The field will sit on more than 2 1/2 acres at the corner of Calhoun and Self streets behind Elisha Walking Park and include bleachers for 75 to 100 people and a parking lot that will hold about 30 cars, said Brown Simpson Jr., the town's parks and recreation director.

"It's a multipurpose field for soccer and youth football and possibly some lacrosse down the road," Simpson said. "We think it will be used for that and for some passive recreation like Frisbee-tossing. This will be the town's first multipurpose field, and I think it will be used on a daily basis."

Simpson anticipates actual construction will be finished sometime in September, although grass will take time to root itself.

The township also owns another half-acre by the field, but officials have not yet decided what its use will be.

The Springs Close Foundation donated $50,000 of the funding, $60,000 came from York County for recreation and the balance from developers and the town's reserve fund.