- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Supporters who want to build a $3 million park at Fort Jackson to mark the installation’s 100th anniversary are seeking $500,000 from the city of Columbia.

The State newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2f5RcZ2 ) the nonprofit group Gateway to the Army Association makes the pitch to city council members Tuesday.

Association president Marty Wells told the newspaper the group has already raised $50,000 in private donations or in-kind commitments.

Plans call for picnic areas, green space, a 300-seat amphitheater and a 20-foot statue as a tribute to the training installation’s drill sergeants.

Columbia city manager Teresa Wilson says if the council approves the money, city staff will begin looking for funding sources such as revenue from the city’s meal tax.

The Army’s largest training installation celebrates its 100th anniversary in June.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com


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