Wildcat Hollow lying fallow this fall

jholleman@thestate.comOctober 15, 2009 

Wildcat Hollow, the site of many a high school memory, sits quiet this fall while fans cheer at the new Lexington High School football stadium a few miles away.

The old stadium, home to Lexington football, track and soccer events for 37 years, has hardly been used in the 18 months since the school moved its sports events to a $4.9 million, on-campus facility.

A group rented Wildcat Hollow for a car show. The Relay For Life was held there in May. The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission used it for a couple of football events. A semi-pro football team used it for home games the past two seasons. And a guy rented it for a day so he could propose to a girlfriend he met at the stadium, said Mary Beth Hill, spokeswoman for Lexington 1.

Otherwise, the main activity at Wildcat Hollow is grass growing.

The school district still isn't sure what to do with the old place. "We haven't totally eliminated the idea of using it for some other building project," Hill said.

Some buyers have expressed interest in the 15-acre site, but it's not officially on the market, Hill said.

"We don't want to sell until we can get a reasonable price for it, and we know that now is not the best time for that," Hill said.

The recreation commission talked with the school district about the property, which is across the street from its Ball Park Road baseball and tennis complex. But the commissioners decided to concentrate on other ongoing building projects for now, said executive director Randy Gibson.

"It could be used for expansion of Ball Park Road," Gibson said. "Football (leagues) could use it."

About five acres of the site are wetlands, and the concrete-block bathrooms and concession stands on the site aren't in great shape. If the recreation commission bought Wildcat Hollow, it would need to update the buildings, Gibson said.

The school district isn't in any hurry to deal with Wildcat Hollow. For now, the only costs of keeping it are minimal electric and water bills, Hill said.

Reach Holleman at (803) 771-8366.

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