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The outlined area is the just over 41 acres owned by Pickens County government. It includes Roper Park, the Pickens Community Center, ball fields, a track, and other facilities. The county is in early discussions with a design firm to create a “master plan” renovation concept. The Boys & Girls Club is inside this outlined area but not owned by the county.
In what many officials and members of the public see as being long-overdue, the county is taking first steps to renovate Roper Park which has been criticized being inadequate for the county’s needs.
“We’re an old park,” Pickens Recreation Director Brian Jones said speaking at the Thursday, May 6 commissioners’ work session. “[It] was built in the 70s and really kicked off in the 80s. The fencing is rusted. The parking lot is too small. We try to do our best to maintain and make sure the grass is mowed and keep the trash picked up…but there are some things we’re going to have to take a good look at and spend some money to on it to bring it up to standards.”
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