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|Vidalia rec board reviews plans for recreational complex|
The Recreation District No. 3 Board of Directors reviewed plans for its recreational complex last week during a presentation by the engineering firm of Bryant Hammett & Associates.
The $4 million complex will be located behind and next to Wal-Mart on land donated by the City of Vidalia.
Recreation District No. 3 chairman Mark Archer said board has not yet officially approved the project.
"We've done everything but sign the actual contract," Archer said. "This presentation helps us move forward. This is another stage."
He said public hearings will be held and that permits will have to be obtained.
"Once we get all that done, then it will take about two years to be able to use the complex," he said.
The City of Vidalia purchased 50 acres for $500,000 for the complex.
"We're ready for this project to move forward," said Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland. "It's going to be a tremendous asset to our community and really be beneficial to us from an economic aspect. It gives something for our young people and I can see us hosting all kinds of district and state ball tournaments and state tennis tournaments.
Archer said instead of building the complex in stages as was the original plan, "we're going to do the whole shooting match."
He said playing fields will be constructed, but tennis courts will be built "down the road."
The City of Vidalia is building a municipal complex near the recreational complex which will also be an advantage to the park, officials said.
"The new Vidalia Municipal Complex will have a park right there which will enhance our park," Archer said.
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