$2 million park to be constructed in Lake City

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) The Lake City Landfill, located on North Church Street is being constructed into a $2 million park.

Preliminary sketches show ponds, bridges and walking trails being built right where many people throw out their trash.

"It will enhance this community give us open recreational park water feature and also clean up a gateway to the city,"said Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson.

The current site has been called an eyesore by many people including Florence County Administration. The Lake City landfill on North Church Street is being relocated outside of city limits.

"It's very good for the people of Lake City. We have wanted something that the youth can be entertained by," said Joval Copra-Johnson.

"It's going to be great not only for this area, but for this entire region," said Leah Norwood.

Construction has already started. Several buildings have been knocked down to prepare for the 30 to 40 acre update, but Mayor Lovith Anderson says there are still a few legalities to tie up between the county and city.

"We will be going through some memorandums of understanding for all of us to work together and get some things done from a legal aspect," said Mayor Anderson.

Some city and land had to be transferred to the county and vice versa to make this $2 million park a reality. All the change has created a buzz among the people of Lake City.

"It's definitely going to mean more business for Lake City, and it's going to mean good things for everybody...good things for a lot of businesses around here," said Copra-Johnson.

The Department of Environmental Health along with other agencies have been cleaning the land to make sure the soil doesn't have any harmful bacteria. The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation are covering the cost of the park, and it is expected to be open by the summer of 2014.

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