Saluda Board of Commissioners secure funding for McCreery Park upgrades

Published 1:15 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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Plans for tennis and pickleball courts discussed


SALUDA-The Saluda Board of Commissioners held a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10. At the meeting, City Manager Steven A. Orr updated the board on new outside resources and funds for the updates and additions to McCreery Park.

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All incoming funds are being directed toward updating the park in anticipation for the hotly anticipated Rail Trail.

The first grant mentioned was from the Carolina Foothills Foundation, who recently awarded the city of Saluda a grant of $200,000 for the park.

“We are fortunate to be able to announce that we applied for the Carolina Foothills Foundation” Orr told the Board. “Commissioner Oxtoby was instrumental in working with that organization.”

In addition, the Board asked the Polk County Community Foundation for a grant of $40,000 and was awarded $30,000. 

The Board hopes to use this money toward the construction of a tennis and pickleball court. Commissioner Paul Marion proposed a pickleball tournament to bring attention to the new court upon completion, and the idea arose for the creation of a governing organization for tennis and pickleball leagues and tournaments. 

The Board hopes to raise another $200,000 to reach their current goal of $600,000. 

“We are gradually gaining toward our goal for McCreery Park” said Orr, who is currently working on a cost – benefit analysis for the park’s funding.