Beaufort County seeks input for Parks & Rec Master Plan

Beaufort County seeks input for Parks & Rec Master Plan

The Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Department has launched a county-wide needs and improvements assessment to develop a Master Plan that meets the needs of county residents and is seeking input from community members.

“The Assessment is critical to ensure we are meeting the needs of our citizens,” said Shannon Loper, Director Beaufort County Parks & Recreation. “The voices of our citizens will shape the funding and improvements to our parks and recreation facilities.”

Wood + Partners, Inc. and PROS Consulting INC. will lead the year-long assessment with Parks and Recreation support to create a Parks and Recreation master plan for $175,690. This plan includes an assessment and analysis of existing parks and facilities, public opinion survey and community input, prioritized recommendations for new parks and facilities, and capital improvement cost estimates.

The public can begin commenting and providing feedback at www.playbeaufortcounty.com or attend one of five scheduled public meetings across the county.

  • Monday, February 28, 6 p.m., Buckwalter Recreation Center
    • 905 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910
  • Tuesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Burton Wells Recreation Center
    • 1 Middleton Recreation Dr, Beaufort, SC 29906
  • Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Dale Community Center
    • 15 Community Center Rd, Seabrook, SC 29940
  • Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m., Scott Recreation Complex
    • 242 Scott Hill Rd. St. Helena, SC
  • Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m., Charles Lind Brown Center
    • 1001 Hamar St, Beaufort, SC 29902

Between July and September, the group will work on the needs analysis, program, services, and staff assessment, along with Athletic Events & Sports Tourism Feasibility Study & Economic Impact analysis and land acquisition recommendations. This information will be used to develop short-, mid-, and long-term planning recommendations and cost analyses.

All the information and public comments will be compiled into a Parks and Recreation Master Plan from October through November. This plan will then be presented to the County Council Facilities Committee and the County Council for feedback and endorsement. 

Beaufort County Parks and Recreation recently re-opened the Charles Lind Brown Center on Hamar Street in Beaufort. New state-of-the-art workout equipment has been ordered for the facility. The facility will include three workout rooms for cardio, one with workout equipment for women, and one large workout room for everyone. Temporary pickleball courts may also be set up upon request. The facility also includes an open gym for basketball, a resurfaced outdoor basketball court, a playground, and a small room for meetings.

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