It's a $7.2 million dollar, 129 acre recreational complex complete with a white sand beach and a nearly 6 acre lake for boating and fishing, but like most newly constructed projects there are a few logistical issues to get around. In a tough economic budget year, how is this new complex possible and on who's dime?
A recreational complex on 129 acres of land off Highway 264 in Greenville is filled with sand volleyball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic areas, a disc golf course, walking/running trails and this plus the Odydessy High Challenge Course.
The course is a team-building, high-wire challenge for East Carolina student groups and staff.
"We wouldn't be able to fit it in our current location out at Blounts. So we need to bring it here. What it does- is provide another great element and other part of the facility where we can use it for team sports, club sports, open recreation, and now for team training as well," said Leadership and Team Training Specialist Eric Gardner.
There's a lake for boating and fishing, but there's no swimming at the beach.
"They really are irrigation ponds quite honestly and at any point and time we could get it safe enough to swim we would like to do that ,but at this point and time, we don't think it's unsafe. We're just not allowing swimming," said Janis Steele with
Campus Recreation and Wellness.
Hopefully ECU will not be swimming in debt. The $6 million phase one was funded in the 1990's. $1.2 million for phase two came from student fees. Which is the reason it's free to students only. That's as long as student fees are being paid.
"We're not going to allow this to fall to the wayside, and hopefully students will be able to use it well into the future," said Steele.
Another obstacle is getting to the complex. Right now, there's no transit out to the site. You have to drive, but that is something they're are working on changing if needed. Campus Rec and Wellness hopes to add another phase to this project--a softball field. They're hoping a donor is willing to help with that phase.