On September 27 the groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new Daniel Island Community Recreation Center in Governors Park. Despite a rainy day, the mood was celebratory as city officials, members of the center’s design team, and other community representatives gathered to commemorate the official turning of dirt on a project many have dubbed as “a long time coming.”
“We’re excited about kicking this project off,” stated Kronsberg, Director of City Parks. “When I started and got involved and engaged in this project, my children were young enough that they would have been able to participate in using this facility,” added White. “And now two are in college and one is in high school. Their time may have passed, but for generations to come, once this building is built, many, many children from Daniel Island and across the Cainhoy Peninsula are going to be able to enjoy a fabulous facility.”
The significance of the day was not lost on Daniel Island resident Frank Walsh, who has served on a Daniel Island Neighborhood Association subcommittee for the new center for several years. “It’s finally happening,” noted Walsh after the ceremony. “With any finite budget, there are compromises. The City almost doubled what the original budget was and we feel we got a good compromise for all the different generations on the island. Would we like more? Absolutely. We have things for the older generation to my daughter’s, to my grandchildren’s. This is at least a great start for this community.” After remarks were made, the group of dignitaries and key players on the project moved to a row of shovels positioned in the ground nearby – the rain stopping just as they grasped the handles and tossed dirt into the air in unison. “We have broken ground!” exclaimed Mayor Tecklenburg. “We are official!” Construction on the new facility is expected to take up to two years to complete.
The current design for the complex includes a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, fitness room, offices, a meeting room, storage, a catering kitchen, restrooms and showers, and an outdoor yoga lawn. Daniel Island’s agrarian history was the direct inspiration for the design, explained Judy Dixon of Rush Dixon Architects. (Credit: Daniel Island News)
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