Mayor Habib at Ribbon Cutting
  • City celebrates 3 new athletic fields, community partnerships

  • Mar 22 2024

Three new multi-purpose athletic fields in Carnes Crossroads are a testament to the City of Goose Creek’s community partnerships, and give Goose Creek Recreation crucial space to serve the municipality’s fastest growing area.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, March 21, at the new Carolyn Lewis School at Carnes Crossroads. Goose Creek Recreation is scheduled to begin using the fields this weekend. 

The new additions are a gamechanger, according to City of Goose Creek Recreation Director Crystal Reed. 

“The additional green space allows us to expand our athletic leagues, community activities and events to residents in the Carnes Crossroads community and adjacent neighborhoods,” she said. “Movie nights in the Park, youth sports clinics, fitness programs and cultural events are just a few fun ways we hope to continue building a happier and healthier community.”

A joint-use agreement between the City and Berkeley County School District made the fields a reality. The agreement with the district allows for the City to use the fields when school is not in session.

An approximately $3 million cost of the fields, which are sodded with Bermuda Grass, was paid by the creation of a Municipal Improvement District in Carnes Crossroads, through the City’s partnership with Freehold Communities. The final price tag includes lights for night play. 

Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib joined City Councilmembers, school district officials, Freehold representatives and Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis at Thursday’s ceremony. 

“Recreation opportunities make good cities great, and our Recreation Department is second to none,” Mayor Habib said. “We are very appreciative of our partnership with the school district and with Carnes Crossroads and Freehold. The results of this partnership will make a real difference for generations of residents. When governmental agencies work together and share their resources, you get a lot more bang for your buck.”

Berkeley County School Superintendent Dr. Anthony Dixon said the fields will be put to good use by students and Recreation participants alike. “We are very excited to enhance this partnership with the City of Goose Creek,” he said.

“This is a great example of how public and private can work together,” Freehold Regional President Gerrit Albert said. “I want to thank both the City and the school district for this opportunity, and we are happy to be in partnership with you.”

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