Allow the Powdersville Youth Football Press Box / Office at Dolly Cooper to remain

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Allow the Powdersville Youth Football Press Box / Office at Dolly Cooper to remain

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Josh Wiedemann started this petition to Councilman Jimmy Davis & Administrator Rusty Burns

Anderson County is making PLAY stop renovations and take down the 2nd-story shipping container they are re-purposing into a press box/office at no cost to taxpayers. The county has not made the neighboring Wren Youth Association take down the permanent (non-ADA compliant) press box they built in 2017 above a shipping container. We are the only program in our 11 program league without a press box. We have no office space for meetings. We were told in a verbal agreement we could not make permanent changes to the sports complex until future master plans were developed (again.) The modular shipping container option is not permanent (but durable for decades to come), is placed within our agreed footprint in the complex, and will comply with ADA regulations. We are finding solutions to problems to offer families in our community the best sports experience possible while saving tax payers money and we are being treated unfairly. Your signature solidifies the voice of our Powdersville community and this is the first step in PLAY's fight to bring more to the community for the community.

The 46 acre Dolly Cooper "Sports Complex" in Powdersville was sold to Anderson County more than a decade ago with the intent of creating athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and trails for residents in Powdersville. Anderson county has recently given 90% of the park acerage to a disc golf association while they continue to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in kayak tourism facilities in the park rather than building baseball fields, an additional football field, picnic shelters, and playgrounds. The county doesn't operate parks, they look for community partners to operate and maintain the parks (at their own expense) and we ARE doing that.

The Powdersville League of Athletic Youth (PLAY), founded in 2014, is a volunteer youth sports association for the Powdersville community. Since 2014 our nearly 500 Spring/Fall youth baseball, softball and football players have traveled to practice and play youth sports in Pickens or Greenville counties patiently awaiting for the development of athletic fields in our community. In 2017 $350k was allocated to build one football field (the only sports field in the complex) without lights or bathrooms, leaving all baseball/softball in neighboring counties & depending on the night, many football players in other counties. With just one field, we hosted several football one day events that drew 350-600 people. On any given night the football field had between 150-200 people. If baseball fields and an additional football field were built, PLAY would have 400-500 people in our community every night, 100x what river tourism will bring in one year. 

We are great partners. This year, the first year of operation at the field in Dolly Cooper Sports Complex, the football program invested >$9500 of its own funds to maintain it's small area of the complex in addition to the thousands of volunteer hours mowing & maintaining at no cost to the county. In the football field plan is a designated location for a press box. We placed our containers in that designated space. PLAY raised private funds and is re-purposing a shipping container for the press box. All we ask is to be treated the same as Wren Youth Association and allow completion of the much needed press box/office.  

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