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Heath Springs short of funds to upgrade town park

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By Denyse Clark

HEATH SPRINGS – It’s going to cost a lot more to refurbish the public park in the county’s smallest town than its officials anticipated. 

Heath Springs Park was about to get some much-needed, additional equipment until town officials learned of a new equipment safety surface mandate that changed everything. 

The town was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the John T. Stevens Foundation in Kershaw to purchase three or four pieces of equipment for the town park, said town administrator Tony Starnes.

“We found out that now when new equipment is added, you also have to add a safety surface,” Starnes said. “It's going to cost about $17,000 to $18,000 for the equipment, the installation and the safety surface installation.”

Starnes said the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation has agreed to chip in $6,600 toward the project, but an additional $4,000 is still needed. 

The town doesn’t collect property taxes, meaning that its revenue comes from other sources such as business license fees and sales tax receipts.

Heath Springs’ officials issued a written notice asking for the community’s assistance to complete the project.

“The Town of Heath Springs is seeking donations in order to upgrade playground equipment at the park next to town hall,” the letter states. 

“The Town of Heath Springs thanks you for your consideration and the children here and in the surrounding area will appreciate this for years to come.”

All donations are tax deductible. 

For information, call Heath Springs Town Hall at (803) 273-3478.

 

Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152