Kershaw group to meet on park

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By The Staff

KERSHAW - The group working to build a community playground in Kershaw will meet Thursday.

The steering committee heading the efforts to build the community playground will be called the Kershaw Community Park Council. It has set Thursday as Design Day to kick off the effort to build the park.

On Design Day, an engineer from Leathers and Associates, the firm partnering with KCPC to design and build the playground, will tour potential sites with committee members and visit Kershaw Elementary School to gather ideas from students. Students from Heath Springs and Mount Pisgah elementary schools and parents and students who are being home-schooled have also been invited to participate.

The engineer will present plans for the playground at 7 p.m. at Kershaw Elementary School. The public is invited to the event, which will include a presentation by the students of their ideas for the playground.

"Everybody I've talked to has been very positive, but it will be easier to judge community support after Design Day," said KCPC Chairwoman Beverly Timmons. "It will require the community's work, time and money."

Two potential locations for the park are under the heaviest consideration - a spot beside the tennis courts at the Kershaw Recreation Center and a spot adjacent to the ballfield on North Matson Street.

Timmons said both sites have plusses and minuses, citing the mature trees and accompanying facilities available at the recreation center site and the visibility and accessibility of the North Matson Street site.

"We're not coming up with the perfect site," she said. "Each site has its limitations."

The group is also attempting to get permission from railroad officials to use the green space on South Hampton Street just south of the Kershaw Fire Department as a potential site for the playground.

The community will have to come together quickly to plan, finance and build the playground this summer, but Timmons thinks the effort is worthwhile.

"This will be a wonderful asset to the community," she said. "It will provide healthy activities for our children and another place for families to gather and have fun together."