Hamlet residents could be getting a new multi-purpose recreational park soon. A proposal for the Boyd Lake Baseball Complex was shown to the Hamlet City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.
Patt Crissman of the Wooten Company presented the plan which includes a 10,000-square-foot building with a seating capacity of 300 and 126 parking spaces. The entire complex is proposed to be on Veterans Drive, across the street from the National Guard office.
The Wooten Company was used to research potential park surplus and shortages in the city, and also to hear from the residents about what the city needs. “As the baby boomers are aging, there is a need for accessible activities and trails,” Crissman told the council.
The plan for the complex shows a 2,300 foot walking trail, open areas for a small soccer field, an area for volleyball, and a practice field. The floor plan for the 10,000-square-foot building shows a full basketball court, rooms for craft classes and aerobics or dancing. There will also be a catering kitchen with a window to sell concessions during games. Crissman said although the residents have Hamlet Memorial Park to use, the small center is over-programmed and it is difficult for residents to use the facility.
“These are exciting times in Hamlet. I hope we can continue and make this plan happen,” Mayor Jeff Smart said.
Crissman has worked with Smart in the past with various projects to improve the City of Hamlet. Smart said she will continue to help Hamlet with other projects besides parks and recreation.
Council took no action on the proposed recreational complex.
City Manager Marchell Adams-David encouraged Hamlet residents to visit City Hall and look over the overall site plan for the complex, and the floor plan for the proposed 10,000-square-foot recreation center.
In other matters, the City Council:
• Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the Bland annexation.
• Went over the audit report which showed a budget ordinance statutory violation because of unauthorized transactions made by the Hamlet Police Department. The audit states all monies spent should run through the finance department. No repercussions are expected except for a letter to the council, the auditor said.
• Approved the rezoning of land on 1723 E. U.S. 74, belonging to Albert McCormick and Barbara McCormick. The 1.16 acres will change from Business to Residential Agriculture.
• Adopted the Pee Dee Lumber Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan which keeps the city in compliance with all state and federal guidelines making it possible to receive reimbursement for natural disasters.
• Announced City Hall will be closed Dec. 24-26 to observe Christmas and Jan. 1 to observe New Year’s Day. Adams-David said that as a result, the week of Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday’s residential trash and Monday’s commercial trash will be collected Thursday, Dec. 27. Thursday’s residential trash will be collected Friday, Dec. 28. For the week of Dec. 31, Tuesday’s residential trash will be collected Monday, Dec. 31.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.