DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The city of Darlington continues to move forward on several projects in 2018, including recreation and economic development for residents and visitors alike.

Citizens can expect their recreation opportunities to greatly expand, as the city has plans to add playgrounds and ballfields to three sites across the town. The new baseball and softball complex will be located on Old Florence Highway at D Avenue. Besides giving residents a proper place to play, the complex will allow the city to court tournaments with our close proximity to I-95 and commercial areas, which will in turn generate revenue for our local shops and eateries.

Upgrades, walking trails and playground equipment will be added on Magnolia Street at the Virgil Wells Complex, and a dog park and playground are planned between Hampton and Siskron Streets. These improvements to the quality of life will increase property values and make Darlington more attractive for future development and housing.

Beyond this, Sunday alcohol sales passed overwhelmingly by the voters in November and businesses can now apply for permits to sell alcohol on Sundays for on- or off-premises consumption – think of having a drink with dinner or picking up a bottle of wine at the grocery store, no matter the day of the week. This allows residents to spend their dollars at our local businesses and improve our economy instead of traveling outside the city.

Downtown, Fahrenheit 225 and The Purple Fish Coffee Company are two new businesses that have already opened this year. Asset Technologies’ corporate office moves into the old Bank of America building on South Main Street, and a yoga studio on the Square and new Dollar General on North Main Street are planned, too.

Thanks to an SCDOT grant, work will begin this summer on sidewalks to take residents from F Avenue to the Walmart SuperCenter. This connects more residents with our growing commercial district at the bypass.

Also in that area, ongoing beautification efforts will aid development, as new gateway signage welcomes visitors and residents alike at the U.S. 52 Bypass and Lamar Highway, installed thanks to partnerships with the Darlington Garden Club and Genesis Healthcare. A third new sign will be erected later this year at the Washington Street entrance.

A long overdue storm water project will begin in southwest Darlington to add drainage pipes and clear overgrown ditches.

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