A BMX park or a skate park? That is the question Columbia County Commissioners must answer in following weeks.
The county is preparing to break ground on the $1 million project early next year, but Columbia County Community Services Director Barry Smith says building both parks right now will cost too much money.
Smith says the project has an estimated price tag of $1.5 million to build both parks. Now, Commissioners are looking for ways to cut the costs which could mean picking only one park.
Local bike shop owner Phil Cohen says, if he had to choose one...it would be the BMX park. "I know the BMX tracks are going to have a lot of people coming here, so I could see that a better revenue stream for people coming out of town..." he says.
Nicole Snyder, reporting: "Right behind this stadium is where the proposed BMX and skate parks will go. Now, it's up to the Columbia County Commissioners to decide if there is enough room in the budget for both parks.
As of now, Smith says the Commission is learning towards building only the BMX park because it will be more utilized, but the owner of HIC Skate Park & Shop in Aiken, Robin Mitchell, believes there is a bigger need in the community for a skate park first. "There are skaters everywhere and they need a place to go...they are going to skate the streets if you don't provide them a place," she says, adding that rings true in Columbia County because there is currently no skate park.
Commissioners will decide on building both parks - or just one - by the end of the month.
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