- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia city council members have decided to offer $300,000 in taxpayer money over three years to help build a $2.7 million park at Fort Jackson.

The State newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2ffoyox ) park backers initially asked for $500,000, but then cut their request to $450,000 after consulting with Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Gateway to the Army Association President Marty Wells told council members the group needs taxpayer money to begin a fundraising effort for the park, which will mark the fort’s centennial celebration in June.

Wells told the council civilians will have the same access to the park as they do to Fort Jackson’s water park, but details have not been worked out. At present, civilians must present photo identification and pass a background check before being granted admission to the installation.

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

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