‘It’s going to be like a Disneyland, for baseball.’ Waterfront sports complex on deck for Mount Pleasant

A conceptual image showing what the baseball park on the east side of the Wando River, along S.C. Highway 41, is expected to look like when completed later this year.

A conceptual image showing what the baseball park on the east side of the Wando River, along S.C. Highway 41, is expected to look like when completed later this year.

 

MOUNT PLEASANT — A 20-acre waterfront baseball complex with five playing fields and an indoor training building is under construction on the eastern banks of the Wando River along S.C. Highway 41, scheduled for completion this summer.

“It’s going to be like a Disneyland, for baseball,” said Stan Kowalski, director of the baseball program at the complex, Shipyard Park. Kowalski is owner and operator of Charleston Baseball Academy in Goose Creek.

The Shipyard Park complex is intended to be a place for players to train and compete, from youth sports to training programs for collegiate and even major league players. The complex is listed as one of the locations where the Holy City Classic baseball tournament will be held in July.

An estimated 400,000 square feet of AstroTurf will be used to create the five baseball fields, according to a statement by AstroTurf. The park’s website also shows a large, warehouse-like building suitable for indoor practice.

Kowalski said the opening date will depend on the weather, as construction moves forward. The property is owned by Detyens Shipyards, which is financing the project.

“They want to leave a legacy, make an impact, and do something for the kids and give back to the community,” said Kowalski.

Unlike most large properties under development in the East Cooper area, Mount Pleasant had nothing to do with this one. The S.C. Highway 41 bridge across the Wando River is a gateway to town, but the waterfront properties where the complex is under way, despite being on the east side of the river, are actually in unincorporated Berkeley County.

Michael Mule, spokesman for Berkeley County, said the county offered no development incentives for the project.

“However, county officials have met with the owner several times in support of the project, as we know it will provide significant opportunities for the children of Berkeley County,” he said.

Mount Pleasant resident Greg Ray, director of baseball operations for Charleston Baseball Academy, will be in charge of the planned Shipyard Park Instructional Baseball League, according to Charleston Baseball Academy’s website.

“It’s really going to be something special,” said Kowalski.

Source: The Post & Courier.  Reach David Slade at 843-937-5552 and follow him on Twitter @DSladeNews.

 

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  • Donnie Broome
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    The Shipyard Park

    Play Top Gun Sports is excited to announce that we will host seven (7) Top Gun Baseball / Softball Travel Tournaments there in the Fall opening of this wonderful park. Top Gun and Shipyard Park are teaming together to bring the best sporting events to the new 24 million facility. Top Gun Super NIT’s, Super Regionals, will be some of the events hosted at this complex.

    All Winners from Shipyard Park will receive up to $3,000.00 dollars for winning the Championships in Free Paid Berths to the Top Gun World Series, and National Championships and Tournament of Champions from these Super Regionals and Super National Invitational Tournaments.

    Please watch http://www.playtopgunsports.com to get updates about the 2017 Fall Top Gun Sports events.

    Donnie Broome
    President and CEO of Play Top Gun Sports
    704-786-4754
    email—donnie@playtopgunsports.com or robin@playtopgunsports.com

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