Great Crossing Park work

Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, left, and Scott County Road Department Supervisor JR Brandenburg are shown at the Great Crossing Park being constructed on Betsy Way.

Construction of a dog-friendly Georgetown park featuring softball fields, tennis courts and a walking trail is underway, with plans for it to be completed this fall.

Great Crossing Park, 135 Betsy Way, is being constructed on property north of the new Great Crossing High School.

About 15 years ago, Scott County Schools wanted to purchase 227 acres of property, but they could not buy that entire acreage. The Scott County Fiscal Court purchased 127 acres where the park is being built, according to Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby.

Construction on the park began last summer with plans for it to be completed this fall. The targeted opening date for the park is Spring 2019.

The $9 million project is being funded by Scott County Fiscal Court.

It includes four softball fields that can be used for Little League baseball and for women’s softball.

A dog park for large and small size dogs also will be constructed, along with a mile and a quarter paved walking trail. A flat area for practicing soccer also is part of the project.

Work has begun on the construction of the press box, concession stand, dugouts and restrooms for the four softball fields.

Four tennis courts also will be constructed.

“It is good to have a park so that the kids have something to do,” Lusby said. “That is one of the things that makes us the community that we are is because we have good activities they can be involved in.”

Rain has been the biggest challenge on the project with it being hard to move machines when it is muddy.

The location is “ideal” — it will have plenty of parking and is near a school, road and creek, Lusby said.

Having this additional park in the county will help alleviate congestion at existing parks, according to JR Brandenburg, Scott County Road Department supervisor.

“People love the current walking trail and on any pretty weekend or day the other parks are packed,” Brandenburg said.

Jennifer Peryam can be reached at jperyam@news-graphic.com.

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