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How does Dorchester County stack up in parks and recreation?

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September 29, 2016

On November 8th, Dorchester County voters will be asked to approve a referendum question that will approve $43 million in funding to build county parks and recreation facilities and new libraries across the county.  Dorchester County Councilman Jay Byars spoke about the cost and rewards of the Parks and Libraries Bond Referendum at the September Monthly Morning Power Hour presented by Summerville Medical Center. 

If passed, $13 million of the funding will go towards building four parks, a bike and pedestrian path, and a blue trail.  Amenities would include kayaking, playgrounds, ropes course, fishing, sports fields, dog parks, picnic shelters, etc.  The remaining $30 million funds will go towards building two new libraries, one in Summerville and one in North Charleston.  These libraries would include quiet spaces, meeting areas, family and teen areas, creative and outdoor spaces, and would be within a 15 minute driving range of most residents.  

Of all the information presented at the Power Hour, members were most surprised by the stats comparing Dorchester County to the much smaller areas of Florence and Aiken.  

See the Vote Yes Dorchester presentation here
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