Fort Mill Times

Leroy Springs in talks to donate rec complex to town

Leroy Springs & Co., a nonprofit that manages the Anne Springs Close Greenway, several golf courses and other recreation facilities, today announced it is holding talks with Fort Mill officials to discuss donation of the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex to the town.

Tim Patterson, president of the company, said such a move would be in keeping with the company’s tradition of gifting facilities in other communities – such as Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw – when the timing was right. He expects a final agreement may take several months. The company is prepared to offer operating funds to the town to facilitate a smooth transition for complex members and employees as the Town assumes management and programming of the facility, according to a press release from the company.

“When the complex opened over 30 years ago, Fort Mill was a small textile town with limited recreation opportunities,” Patterson said in the release. “Fort Mill has grown dramatically and has many options for fitness and recreation, including programs managed by the town. The board of Leroy Springs wants to focus its energy and resources on the greenway and other assets.”

He noted that the company invested $1.2 million to renovate the 60,000-square-foot recreation facility in 2007.

Anne Springs Close, chairman of Leroy Springs & Company, said, “We are confident in the town’s commitment and ability to continue to provide these services, and we believe this is a logical step in the long-standing partnership between Leroy Springs and the Town of Fort Mill.”

Mayor Danny Funderburk, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill and frequent visitor of the facility, is excited about the proposal.

“I am very happy that Leroy Springs & Co. has given us this opportunity," Funderburk said. "I expect council and staff to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the facility and programs, but accepting responsibility for these services is a natural progression for our community.”

Town Manager David Hudspeth says he's honored by the confidence shown in the town’s ability to continue the recreation tradition established by Leroy Springs & Co.

The Recreation Complex, with an estimated market value of over $10 million, is located on Highway 160 East near Springfield Parkway. It has 1,200 individual and family memberships serving more than 3,000 people. In addition to swimming, basketball and fitness programs, the complex offers diverse youth and adult athletic leagues and special programming, such as cheerleading, senior activities, dance and summer camp activities. The Complex also manages a pre-school and FLYERS, an after-school program held at all Fort Mill elementary schools.