Funding obtained for toddlers playground install


Senator O’Dell presented a check for a $3000 PRT grant to Williamston officials recently to help with installation of new toddlers playground equipment in Mineral Spring Park. Pictured are (l-r) Councilman Otis Scott, Mayor Mack Durham, Sen. O’Dell, Parks and Recreation Committe Chair Kempie Shepard, Town Clerk Michelle Starnes and Anderson County Administrator and Williamston Grant Assistant Rusty Burns.

Playground equipment purchased by the Town of Williamston several months ago is expected to be installed around the third week of April, thanks to efforts of Senator Billy O’Dell and Williamston Town Council.

The equipment designed for toddlers was purchased with SCPRT grant funding of $12500 which was obtained through the efforts of Sen. Billy O’Dell and and additional $3462 obtained by Cindy Wilson from Anderson County.

Senator O’Dell was able to secure an additional $3000 PRT grant which will be combined with $2700 approved by the Town of Williamston Monday for installation of the toddler playground equipment in Mineral Spring Park.

The town’s funding will come from the Hospitality Tax fund. Total installation by National Playground Construction will amount to $5672. The new playground equipment includes a Super Scoot, Wally the Whale Spring Rider, Firetruck Spring Rider, ASA/Wheelchair Accessible half ramp, playground border with surfacing guide, rubber mulch and Duraliner.

Kempie Shepard, who chairs the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said she was “excited about the toddler playground finally being installed in the park.” Shepard said that the current playground area is very crowded and that the toddlers finally “will have a place of their own, a special place to play.”