Here's an update to our original story posted on 11/14/16:
The project to build a new recreation center at Hillcrest Park in Carthage is moving forward as Moore County’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is now in the process of selecting an architectural firm to design the new $3.5 million center.
Plans now call for a 26,500-square-foot facility that will have two gyms with full-size basketball courts that can be used as four volleyball courts and a multipurpose room that can seat 100 people for classes and training. The center will also have restrooms, a concession area, and offices for the Moore County Parks and Recreation Department. The multipurpose room will be available to rent for meetings and other private events.
Advisory Committee Chairman Larry Caddell said that when large tournaments are held at Hillcrest, kickoff dinners and other events can be held in the new center. “We can do it all on-site,” he said.
Parks and Recreation Director Billy Ransom said that the center can be used for volleyball and wrestling tournaments, cheerleading camps and the department’s summer camps. He said the department needs a central location for its youth basketball leagues, which are continuing to grow.
The center may also generate some profit for the county through corporate sponsorships, gym and court rentals, multipurpose room rentals, summer camps and concessions.
Caddell said construction will take 9 to 12 months, and the center is likely to open by spring 2018.
“This will be a great thing for the kids of Moore County, also for hosting regional tournaments and other events,” he said.
Original Story 11/14/16: Moore County’s Board of Commissioners has approved moving forward with building a new recreation center at Hillcrest Park in Carthage.
Plans call for the 7,500-square-foot facility to have two to four gymnasiums, meeting rooms and offices for the Moore County Parks & Recreation Department, as well as concessions and restrooms. It will be built on land along N.C. 22 at the entrance of Hillcrest Park near the intersection with U.S. 15-501.
The main priority for the new complex will be to provide the space for the department’s programs. County Parks and Recreation Director Billy Ransom said the department currently has 69 youth teams with 700 children from all over the county participating.
Hillcrest Park is a significant sports campus in Moore County. The County began developing the Park 8 years ago and it currently includes 4 baseball/softball fields, a field house, and a concession stand. Two (2) playgrounds, 2 volleyball courts, and a picnic shelter are also on the property.
Besides being used for the Parks & Recreation leagues, the park has hosted a number of regional events, including the 2011 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series that brought 24 teams from 11 states, the 2014 Dixie State Softball Championships that brought in 30 teams vying for four state titles, and the Dixie Softball World Series that brought in 24 teams from 11 Southeastern states last year.
The County hopes the new complex will be able to attract other regional sporting events such as basketball tournaments, which will be a boost to the local economy.
County Commissioner Randy Saunders said the recreation center is a “much needed facility” that “has been in the works for a while”.
It will be a great asset for Moore County residents.
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