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Dillon Park opens 3 new football fields as part of Penny for Progress

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 9/25/19

With new playground equipment and a repaved exercise track at Dillon Park, the recent completion of a Penny for Progress project added even more to the Sumter County park.

Dillon Park now has three new football fields for the Sumter community to …

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Dillon Park opens 3 new football fields as part of Penny for Progress

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With new playground equipment and a repaved exercise track at Dillon Park, the recent completion of a Penny for Progress project added even more to the Sumter County park.

Dillon Park now has three new football fields for the Sumter community to enjoy. Their opening to the public was recently celebrated by the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a football facility that mainly gives our Sumter community and kids a place to play football and have a good time," said Phil Parnell, director of the Sumter County Recreation and Parks. "We have three fields out there, a concession stand with a pavilion area, a press box and a storage building."

This was all possible thanks to Sumter County's Penny for Progress initiative.

In 2008, the Sumter County Capital Sales Tax Referendum allowed the county to levy a temporary sales tax that was implemented in spring 2009, which funded 16 capital projects within the community.

In 2014, voters again approved a penny sales tax referendum in what was known as the "Penny for Progress Continuation," which funded a total of 28 additional projects.

The total cost of Dillon Park's renovation was $2.75 million.

Parnell said a goal for the renovations is to bring more people to the Sumter community. Sumter County Recreation and Parks plans to host tournaments and other sporting events at the park.

"We hope to host a tournament in November," Parnell said. "It's a benefit having three football fields to be able to host football tournaments in Sumter and bring tourism here."