Laurens City Council last night approved spending up to $90,000 to cover the city’s share of a revitalization of the River Street Park. The Park is part of the project of a Community Development Block Grant announced in November 2010 by then Governor Mark Sanford. That half-million-dollar project has established an after-school program for youth-at-risk, and is seeking to make physical improvements to the Jersey neighborhood of Laurens. The project is also seeking to improve the River Street Park, adding a picnic shelter and installing live cameras to monitor facilities there.
Laurens City Special Projects Director Tommy Burns went over plans for the park revitalization with City Council last night. He noted areas the city will be responsible for – such as repaving the parking lot, the basketball court, installing new basketball goals, and adding a retaining wall as the site is better prepared to handle rain run-off. New handicapped sidewalks and bathroom facilities are also being added.
The funds to be contributed locally will come from Hospitality tax revenues generated in the City.
Laurens City Council last night also approved donating a lot on Mill Street to Habitat for Humanity, based on the local group making a request for the property. Turning onto Mill Street from Fleming, the lot is the third on the right as you drive toward Main Street. A house that Laurens High construction classes built at the school over this school year would be moved to the Mill Street lot as its permanent home.