Group considering three sites for children's park

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By Johnathan Ryan

KERSHAW - Three sites are now being considered by a group in Kershaw who hope to create a first-rate children's park.

Beverly Timmons, who heads the Kershaw Community Park Council, said organizers are looking at two publicly owned properties and a private piece of land in the downtown area.

One site is a baseball field on Matson Street, now owned by Lancaster County. Another is part of the Leroy Springs Recreation Center, owned by the town of Kershaw. The final property being considered is a piece of land owned by Norfolk Southern near downtown.

A design engineer from Leather and Associates of Columbia will visit Kershaw to help the group determine the pros and cons of each of the sites on Feb. 28.

The group, which now counts Mayor Tommy Baker and Town Councilwoman Rose Marie Baker among its ranks, is calling this Design Day.

The group hopes to have community involvement in discussions of what should be included in the park. The hope is that the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department will maintain and assume insurance liability of the park.

"They have other parks they maintain," said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

The group will request support from the county department at its meeting Tuesday, Timmons said.

The group is hoping for donations of money and time and will be looking for grants to finance the park's construction.

The group's next meeting will be 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Kershaw Health and Education Center.

If you're interested in making monetary donations to help in the building of the park, you may send checks to KARE, P.O. Box 364, Kershaw, SC 29067.

Make checks payable to KARE and earmarked for "playground." KARE is the acting fiduciary agent for the council and donations are tax-deductible, Timmons said.

Contact Johnathan Ryan at 416-8416 or jryan@thelancasternews.com