SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- With their hard hats on and gold shovels in hand, Walton County Commissions dug up the first dirt, breaking ground at the new South Walton sports complex location.
For the next 360 days, crews will be working to build the new facility where residents will have a new place to participate in outdoor sports and activities.
Located on MC Davis Boulevard behind the site of New Elementary School South off Highway 98, the initial phase of the sports complex will be complete with multiple baseball and multipurpose fields, as well as the infrastructure needed to hold games.
"It means that kids won't be turned away from playing little league or pee-wee football or soccer. We were running out of room for the number of kids we have down here so we're way behind in that and this will be a big part of us catching up," said District 5 Walton County Commissioner, Tony Anderson.
"At this particular time, it is strictly for the use of Walton County residents, whether they live in the north end or south end. And it's not geared or set up at the present time for any type of tournaments," Walton County District 1 Commissioner, Bill Chapman said. "We listen to the people that live down here. They wanted something that was strictly for them and not be tied up in some type of money-making venture. That's just the way they offered the message to us and we heard it so we're going to start out this way and see where it goes from there."
One of the struggles the design crew faced was finding funding for lighting, which Anderson and Chapman said they gladly donated from their plat-fee budget.