Enquirer Herald

Clover seeks input tonight on future parks

CLOVER -- Think Clover needs a community pool? You're not alone.

A public pool sits at the top of facilities people want in Clover, according to a recent survey by the town.

Town leaders want to talk more about future parks and recreation opportunities tonight during a drop-in public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Larne Building.

Public input was sought this summer, and 113 surveys were returned offering feedback on the town's park and recreation facilities. Of those, 34 of survey participants live in town limits and 79 live outside Clover.

"We got a lot of useful information and constructive criticism," said Mayor Donnie Grice at last week's Town Council meeting. "Sometimes we have blinders on, so it's good to see this from another view."

Engineers Withers and Ravenel will develop conceptual plans for the town's new 50 acre park on Memorial Drive using survey results and comments received at tonight's meeting.

A proposal will be presented to council in November.

Here are some highlights from the survey results:

• The top five facilities people want in Clover are public pool/ swim center, soccer fields, baseball fields, skate parks and bicycle trails.

• The top 10 activities survey participants are interested in are playing soccer, playing at a playground, watching sports events, playing baseball, swimming, walking/ jogging, picnicking, water park, biking and using the shelter/ grilling.

• The lowest ranking activities are geocashing, bird watching, playing lacrosse, playing rugby and reading outdoors.

• Only eight people ranked walking pets as their No. 1 priority for the park.

• 15 survey participants said Clover has adequate parks and recreation facilities, 88 said the town didn't.

• 38 survey participants also belong to an aquatic center and/ or gym

• The top three public parks outside of Clover that survey participants regularly visit include McDowell Park, Martha Rivers and Kings Mountain.