A conceptual plan for the Banks County Recreation Fields proposes the addition of 10 fields to the property. After hearing from Jason Hensley, chairman of the Banks County Recreation Board, at a June 9 meeting, the board of commissioners approved the drafted plan.
Hensley showed the board plans for phase one of the expansion including four 210-foot baseball fields, a concession stand/restroom building, multipurpose field and playground. Phase one also includes the expansion of nature trails, a redefined main entrance and the addition of approximately 150 parking spaces and a maintenance building.
Initial estimates have totals for phase one at $2.544 million before contingency fees.
Phase two would include the addition of four additional 210-foot baseball fields, a concession/restroom building, multipurpose field and playground. Phase two would also include the addition of extra nature trails and approximately 200 parking spaces.
Initial estimates for phase two total at $2.219 million.
Chairman Jimmy Hooper told the board that the expansion is 40 years in the making.
"I remember when we didn't even have a ball field," said Hooper. "We've made great steps forward and this will be an even greater step."
Hooper stressed that this is only the adoption of the plan and the expenses will be considered later in the process.
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