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Livingston moves closer to renovation of Jaycee Park

J.C. Park in Livingston is about to get a $750,000 facelift. The new design from Goodwin, Mills and Cawood in Montgomery was adopted during the Livingston City Council on Monday night.

Mayor Tom Tartt said that the council adopted the design so the bidding process could start. The bidding process will start in a few weeks. The bids will be in the office within 30-40 days and then the project can get officially underway.

He also said this is a major project for the City of Livingston and the people of Sumter County.

“This is the first real big renovation of the park since it was opened 25 years ago,” Tartt said.

The new design will feature some well-needed additions to the park overall. The plan calls for the addition of a new baseball field and the renovations of the three older fields.

The design features a new concession stand and bathrooms, as well as some new parking and family areas complete with grills.

“These new additions will completely change the current outlook of the park. We will spend close to $750,000 on the park before we are through,” Tartt said.

The only problem is that the summer baseball program in Livingston gets underway in two or three weeks. This will put on hold on the amount of work that can be done while the season is going on.

Tartt said that due to this problem the construction wouldn’t start until around July. He hopes that all the construction will be finished by the end of fall or early winter.

The City of Livingston’s Parks&Recreations Director Patrick Ezell said that he thinks these renovations to the park will be a great success. Ezell hopes that the construction will be finished by November, so he can have time to get everything cleaned up and ready to go by the New Year.

“I think we will have a very nice facility once the construction is finished,” Ezell said.

Tartt and Ezell are excited about having the ability to host bigger baseball tournaments and being able to offer youth and adult programs. Tartt said that once the building is finished the city would be able to host some little league tournaments, which would mean more money for the local businesses.