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A letter of intent between the city of Watkinsville and Extra Special People to build a recreational complex tailored to disabled children expired Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Outgoing Mayor Dave Shearon said that the Watkinsville City Council will consider renewing the letter.

“It doesn’t preclude us from continuing discussions,” said Shearon. “The last iterations of things are still not in stone.”

Previously released plans call for a 4,700-square-foot splash pad, infrastructure for concessions and bathrooms, a recreational pavilion, a new parking lot and a baseball field that would replace the existing ball field. 

ESP Executive Director Laura Whitaker said on Monday that the nonprofit has considered taking out the splash pad due to cost constraints.

ESP has agreed to pay for the Miracle League complex while the city is allocating $442,000 to modernize the Harris Shoals Park playground and make it accessible to disabled children.

Although the original estimate of the Miracle League complex was $1.4 million, ESP has raised $1.7 million due to higher-than-anticipated construction costs.

“We are currently working on the plans and have no public plans to submit at this time,” she said.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 14 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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