Sumter's Patriot Park offers numerous outdoor opportunities

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 1/22/19

If you’re looking for something to do in Sumter, consider checking out Patriot Park, located at 380 General Drive.

The 144-acre park has a lot to offer Sumterites.

“It has a soccer …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Sumter's Patriot Park offers numerous outdoor opportunities

Posted

If you’re looking for something to do in Sumter, consider checking out Patriot Park, located at 380 General Drive.

The 144-acre park has a lot to offer Sumterites.

“It has a soccer facility, a pavilion, and for base­ball and softball, four fields with stadium seating and in-ground dugouts,” Sumter County Recreation and Parks Director Phil Parnell said. “It also has walking trails that go around ponds and a boardwalk.”

The pavilion on the pond, which was finished in November 2018 and is across from the baseball and softball facilities, is available for rentals and has a porch and a boardwalk that goes out to a gazebo on one of the islands.

“People like it because there’s a lot of green space to walk and go out there with their dogs,” Parnell said.

The park has 1.5 miles of walking trails.

The soccer side of the park was finished in 2006 as part of the Capital Penny Sales Tax, and in July 2009, the park held its first tournament: the Dixie Softball World Series.

“Fifty-five teams from 11 different states (played in the tournament),” Parnell said. “We used four fields at Patriot Park and six at Bobby Richardson Park.”

For more information, visit www.sumtercountysc.org or call (803) 436-2248.