FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2013
City of North Charleston
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
Office of the Mayor
R. Keith Summey
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Johnson
(843) 740-2520 office
(843) 637-1428 cell
Open House slated for Wescott Park
The City of North Charleston is hosting an Open House for Wescott Park on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for all area residents to visit and tour the new, state of the art athletic complex and community facility.
Wescott Park is the Lowcountry’s premier baseball and softball facility, featuring a Ripken Training Facility, meticulously designed and built for the best experience for players and spectators.
The City’s goal was to create a park capable of holding high level baseball tournaments, while still providing a park setting for the community as a whole. The result is a split park with two distinct areas (sports fields and park) connected by a series of educational nature trails that highlight the wetlands, native tress, and wildlife.
Each of the three ball fields at Wescott Park are designed to scale of Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park, Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, and San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. Each field is equipped for baseball and softball for athletes 12 years old and under.
A Ripken Training Circle, patented by Cal and Bill Ripken, is incorporated into the facility for instruction and practice of our rising ball players. The design of the Circle allows for bases and home plates to be substituted for teaching of fundamentals and drills, maximizing the efficiency of instruction. To complete the park as a Ripken Training Facility, batting cages and pitching mounds are incorporated.
Apart from being a sports complex, Wescott Park features passive areas for visitors to enjoy, including an amphitheater for outdoor performances, greenspaces and multi-purpose fields, walking trails through the park’s wetlands, a dog park, and a number of enclosed and open air shelters for a variety of community and family events.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Ed Barfield, North Charleston Recreation Department Director, will be available for on-camera interviews and questions at Wescott Park the morning of the Open House from 10:00am to 11:00am. Also, Mayor Keith Summey will give brief remarks at the Open House at 6:30pm and will be available for on-camera interviews and questions afterwards.
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department
Get Involved in our Fall Programs!
Autumn is just around the corner and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is gearing up to give back with two special seasonal programs. Join us!
Autumn Street Decor
The Olde North Charleston Merchants Association and City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department are collaborating once again to decorate the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue with decorative grapevine wreaths for Fall.
Get involved – sponsor a wreath to benefit charity!
Schools, community groups, churches, businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor a 24″ grapevine wreath with two sided orange ribbon for $25 and personalize it with decorations of their choosing -OR- sponsor a pre-decorated wreath with fall foliage for $50. Past participants have the option of decorating last year’s wreath for $15.
Proceeds from wreath sponsorships will go toward the City of North Charleston’s Christmas charity benefiting needy families.
Wreaths with sponsor signage will be displayed on light poles lining the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue in
October & November.
Wreath sponsorship requests should be made by 5:00pm on Friday, September 20. Wreaths should be decorated and ready to hang by Tuesday, October 1.
Inaugural Harvest Festival & Block Party
The inaugural Harvest Festival & Block Party will take place in the Olde Village on East Montague on Saturday, October 26, from 6:00-10:00pm. It’s Fall fun for all ages! Enjoy ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers and kid’s activities at the Meeting Place (1077 East Montague Ave.) from 6-8pm, an artist street market featuring booths by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 6-9pm, live music, costume contests for children and adults, ongoing spooky silent films, and a street dance featuring festive tunes by the V-Tones from 8-10pm. Co-sponsored by the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association, the North Charleston Artist Guild, and the City of North Charleston. Autumn treats will be available for purchase. The Special Events section of our website will be updated with details and complete event schedule in mid-October. For more spooky fun, check out info on Park Circle Films’ line-up of events taking place the same evening at parkcirclefilms.org.
*We are in need of volunteers for this event! If you are interested in lending a hand with set-up, break down, monitoring kid’s activities, etc. please contact us as soon as possible.
To sponsor a wreath, volunteer, or get more information about these programs, please contact Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-740-5852.
Thank you for your support!
Wescott Traffic Circle Update
The city’s plan for better visibility includes 4 (four) cobra head street lights inside the perimeter of the circle. One in each of the four quadrants. SCE&G is to install the street lights and underground power. Our Public Works (PW) department plans on forming and pouring (4) concrete flumes from the curb openings to the center of the circle to an existing drainage box. This will keep runoff water from ponding around the edges of the circle and deteriorating the pavement. PW will also reinstall underground irrigation to fit a new planting plan, install new plant material, mulching, etc.
If PW initiates their work prior to SCE&G installing conduits and cutting in underground power to the circle and around the perimeter, it will probably result in broken or cracked concrete flumes, cut irrigation lines, and plant material removed……another mess.
SCE&G as I understand, will start the conduit installs any day now (according to them) and install the power grid. The city has been waiting too and making calls to them to move things along.
Please share this information with your community!
Councilmen Stigler and Brinson
Senator Bennett, your State Senator, passed on to me that he recently spoke with the DOT as he had the same concerns that the paving from Parlor Drive to Ashley Phosphate hasn’t begun yet. Of course he received a little of what was expected…”well, we’ve had a lot of rain…”. He said that “we’ve gone from them, giving me a start date to now simply telling me that the work is still on track to be completed by before the contractual deadline of Nov. 30.” Due to the rain and other projects the contractor has had to shift some resources to other jobs. He has asked for them to speak with the contractor and see if they will revert back and give an anticipated start date. Will let you know if we receive new information.
Mobile home park development delayed (article from today’s Post and Courier)
A development plan that would require more than two dozen families to move in order to build a shopping center, has been delayed after North Charleston council members expressed concern.
At issue is an application to rezone part of The Gables of Charleston trailer park, at Patriot Boulevard and Ashley Phosphate Road. The North Charleston Planning Commission was expected to take up the question at a meeting Sept. 9 but the request has now been withdrawn, according to city officials.