Lowndes Co. Board of Commissioners approves $5.8 million soccer complex

Posted at 2:43 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 14:43:00-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners has voted and approved a $5.8 million project for the Hahira area.

It's a new multi-purpose soccer complex that is expected to make a large economic impact in North Lowndes County.

This project has been years in the making and by this time next year, it will finally be a reality.

In about a year from now, an eight field, multipurpose soccer complex will be built. 

Lowndes County commissioners approved the multi-million project that's been in the making for eight years.

“As you see right now, we're looking at an unfinished sight. So, the county commissioners approved funding last night for the project and so I'm sure the construction will get started quickly,” said Chairman Bill Slaughter.

One of the hold ups for the project was figuring out where the money would come from to pay for it.

“The funding was a big issue and we were able to get the funding allocated through SPLOST 6, part of it and then we were able to finish up the funding through SPLOST 7, which we are currently in,” explained Slaughter.

With the city of Hahira having grown 68 percent from 2000 to 2018, Chairman Slaughter said this will only add to the growth of North Lowndes County.

“It's going to be an economic development process for them as well. I'm sure that when the complex gets opened up, Parks and Rec will be managing the complex. There will be tournaments held, folks coming in from outside of our community, bringing their SPLOST dollars in here and they will continue to help us with not only this project but other projects in the future,” said Slaughter.

Over sixty acres of land was donated for the complex, making it possible for the SPLOST dollars to actually go toward the fields and buildings.

Valdosta-Lowndes Park and Recreation Authority Executive Director George Page said this was worth the wait.

“Good things happen to those who wait, sometimes, and I will tell you this is a prime example of that,” said Page.

City leaders have to approve a final budget by June 30.

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