Funding received to tear down stadium

by | January 24, 2019 5:00 am

Last Updated: January 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Meeting planned to make plans to demolish old concrete block Bulldog Stadium.

With the federal funding in hand, local officials are planning an early February kick-off meeting with the representatives of the Lowcountry Council of Governments to develop a timeline for the demolition of the old Bulldog Stadium on Black Street.
The meeting, according to Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin, should include Colleton County, Walterboro and Colleton County School District officials.
Griffin said the kickoff meeting will take care of a lot of the boilerplate items required to put the $500,000 Community Development Block Grant allocation to work demolishing the old concrete stadium.
One of the items on the table will be a discussion of how the three political subdivisions are going to handle providing the $50,000 matching grant for the demolition.
The city, county and school district are jointly involved in the project because the county secured the federal grant, the property is within the city limits and the 15-acre area that contains the 12,000-square-foot concrete stands is owned by the school district.
Lowcountry Council of Government is involved because that agency handles the CDBG grant administration for the South Carolina Commerce Department.
The school district has had the unused facility up for sale since the new Colleton County High School opened.
When the county was informed in September that there were some unallocated federal block grant money available with the deadline for seeking them looming, Griffin talked with city and school officials about possible uses for the federal community development funds.
Colleton County School District Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster suggested the demolition. Both the county and city are eligible to seek Community Development Block Grant funding, but the city cannot file a new application until they close out the existing CDBG projects they have underway.

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  1. Comment by Robert driggersk

    January 24, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Hate to see this happen. Lots of memories in that place from graduations to lower state championship games. Ashame it could not find a useful function in our county

  2. Comment by Bobby Brown

    January 24, 2019 at 11:56 am

    It’s really sad to see this of all places being placed on the chopping block. That stadium is truly the heart of the city from the Well known Band of Blue to the Walterboro Bulldogs to even have been in movies such as Forest Gump and Radio. Wish they could propose some sort other idea this

  3. Comment by Willie B Brown

    January 24, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    This is the last remaining piece of history of Bulldog Football. On friday nights during late summer and fall. There was no other place be. It was our house. The Dog house!!😢😢😢

  4. Comment by Erica white

    January 24, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I’m praying that since there will be demolition of this site that there will be a YMCA or some type of building where our children can make memories or their own. Yes we have the recreation center but there is a limit. You guys need to focus on our community children who are our future

  5. Comment by Jodi Jusy

    January 24, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I normally don’t comment but this has me all emotional. Walked for graduation here…spent MANY Friday nights here watching my Bulldogs and my WHS Band of Blue!!! So many memories and stories. Seeing this picture makes my heart sink…time goes too fast and too many things change…#glorydays #classof02 #lastofthebulldogs

  6. Comment by Darell Turner

    January 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Lots of good memories in that stadium. Sad to see it not being put to better use.

  7. Comment by Angela Matice

    January 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I hope the counsel will consider making one area
    of this property a dog park. We recently moved
    to Walterboro and would love to have a fenced in area
    to allow our dogs to run. We have met many people who
    feel the same way. All the fences are in place . I believe
    this would please many people and their dogs. Thanks

  8. Comment by Paul pye

    January 24, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    This is actually WALTERBORO Wildcat stadium first. So sad everyone forgets that part of history. Lots of history there and sad to see it torn down.

  9. Comment by Derrick " Spider " Chisolm

    January 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Football , band classics , graduations , LOTS of memories to much to share , my entire middle school and high school spring , summer , and fall were spent at that stadium sorry to see nothing could be done to use it in relation to the community….. Spider #WHSBulldgs8086

  10. Comment by Sabrena Gerideau

    January 30, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Too much history in that stadium. Unbelievable. Tearing it down? Do better Walterboro.

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