The Davis-Bailey Park will be located on 17 acres adjacent to the County Courthouse in St. George. All design documents, construction documents and permitting have been completed. The true multi-use Park will feature two illuminated youth baseball fields, two illuminated basketball courts, an illuminated multi-purpose field, walking trail, event pavilion, playground, splash fountain and pond.
Naming rights and partnership opportunities are currently available through our partners at Friends of Dorchester County Parks.
In 2011, County Council allocated $850,000 of 2010 Bond Proceeds for development activities related to Davis-Bailey Park in St. George. This amount was based on a 2008 conceptual plan and cost estimate for the park, which included two lighted baseball fields, a soccer field, three tennis courts, three basketball courts, a concession building, and a picnic pavilion.
In September of 2014, Dorchester County hired its first Parks and Recreation Department staff member to oversee this project and to develop a countywide parks and recreation system.
Almost immediately, wetland delineation work was started for the Davis-Bailey Park property. Based on feedback from the US Army Corps of Engineers, it was determined that the portion of the property to the northeast of the Courthouse was the only viable location for a park due to the abundance and location of wetlands on the property. It also became clear at this time that the overall park footprint would be reduced due to wetlands.
As part of the 2015 County Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update process, Parks and Recreation staff solicited public feedback on the Davis-Bailey project and other county park and recreation initiatives. The major theme of feedback regarding Courthouse Park was for more diverse recreation opportunities beyond youth athletic fields and courts.
In May of 2016, the county signed a contract with ADC Engineering to provide planning, permitting, design, bidding and construction administration services for the project.
Public feedback gathered in 2015 was incorporated into the master plan which included: two illuminated youth baseball fields, an illuminated soccer/multiuse field, two illuminated basketball courts, a concession building, an event pavilion, a playground, adult fitness equipment, a pond, a one-mile paved walking trail, and an area designated for a spray fountain (not part of initial construction). County Council approved this master plan at its 8/8/16 meeting and permitting and design moved forward.
Design and permitting work were substantially completed in October of 2017 and the project has been ready to bid out for construction since that time. Unfortunately, the voter-approved 2016 funding for this and other park projects never materialized due to a lengthy court battle with Dorchester County Taxpayers Association (and others).
In December of 2018, County Council adopted a resolution naming the park Davis-Bailey Park in honor of County Council Chairman George Bailey and the late, long-serving County Councilman Willie Davis. Both men, life-long leaders in the County and community, were instrumental in making the park and associated recreational opportunities a priority for their districts.
In November of 2019, voters will have the opportunity to approve a $38M for this and other County Park Projects through voter referendum on November 5th.
Bid documents for Davis-Bailey Park construction are ready to be posted shortly after funding is secured. A construction period of nine to twelve months is anticipated.