Upgrades could be on the way for Richland One athletic facilities

Upgrades could be on the way for Richland One athletic facilities

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lowndes Pope has three sons who attend Richland One schools.

Two of them play sports and Pope is hoping that the stadiums they play in will be renovated in the near future.

"Our stadiums are pretty poor, to be honest with you, compared to the other stadiums and some of the new stadiums," Pope said, "but we've got some older facilities. Our problem is we're landlocked."

But Pope and many other Richland One parents could see those conditions change.

If approved by district commissioners, Richland One could put $40 million into the district's athletic facilities.

"I think it's going to be a great project for the whole district," Pope said.

The project will cost taxpayers and that's one of the reasons district officials are going on a listening tour across the district.

The plan would see a field upgrade at AC Flora as well as new bleachers, lighting installed at the on-site field and sports turf installed.

It would also make various, yet similar, improvements at Columbia High, Eau Claire and Dreher.

The biggest difference, however would be seen at the district's stadiums. Bolden Stadium would get a new pressbox, a new scoreboard, and new bleachers. Lower Richland's stadium would also receive similar upgrades. Memorial Stadium would get upgraded turf, improved bleachers and other features.

If the plan is approved next month, construction could start as soon as the second half of 2015 and wrap up in 2018.

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