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$1.5 million targeted to improve parks

Municipal Park, new Stallings-owned Fairhaven Park will be the beneficiaries.

By Marty Minchin
Special Correspondent

Stallings leaders have committed $1.5 million to improve the town's two parks, including a new splash pad at Stallings Municipal Park.

In a joint meeting with the town's parks and recreation committee last week, the Stallings Town Council decided to start paying for park improvements outlined in a new park master plan.

The $1.5 million will go toward Stallings Municipal Park and a new town-owned Fairhaven Park beside the Fairhaven neighborhood on Stevens Mill Road.

Town Manager Brian Matthews said he will budget money from the town's savings account into the 2009-2010 draft budget, which the council will finalize in the next month.

The splash pad was one of the most popular suggestions among people who responded to a recent poll about Stallings parks.

Park committee officials have said people drive from Stallings to use the splash pad in Fort Mill. They expect Stallings' splash pad to be popular.

Stallings recently paid a consultant $10,000 to draft the park master plan. The improvements planned:

$500,000 to Fairhaven Park, including a shelter and play area on the south side, as well as walkways and a bridge over a creek that will lead to the north side.

“…It does get people out there and using the area,” council member Mark Franza said. The council decided to hold off upgrading fields to soccer league standards.

$1 million to Stallings Municipal Park, including the splash pad, which consultants have said could cost $500,000.

The money also would pay for moving the town's band shell closer to Stallings Road and building a new play area.

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