Greenville replaces rec department equipment destroyed in 2013 fire

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:44 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved the purchase of three sets of soccer goals for the Greenville Recreation Department, which lost tens of thousands of dollars in equipment in a July 4, 2013, fire at its storage building. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — In the early morning of July 4, 2013, a Greenville Recreation Department storage building burnt to the ground and since then the organization has been working to replace the tens of thousands of dollars in equipment lost.

Kris Berry, director of the recreation department, said she has been able to replace some odds and ends, including some basketball hoops.

“We’re in the process of trying to replace some of that equipment,” she said.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved another purchase of equipment, this time three sets of soccer goals. The equipment cost just less than $2,000.

Berry said the city did collect insurance money after the fire, the cause of which was not determined.

The building, located at 300 E. Charles St., was also completely destroyed by the fire. Berry said because the location was secluded and was subject to frequent vandalism, the building will not be rebuilt there.

Instead, she said, it will likely be built closer to a park. Without a current storage facility, the department has been storing its recreation equipment “at any locked, store-away place,” Berry added.

She said she hopes the new building will be built at some point this summer and hoped the goals would arrive before the soccer program began.

The season, which was scheduled to begin soon, will likely be pushed back due to the weather.

Berry joked this should allow for the goals to be sent in time.

“Who knows when the start of the season is,” Berry said when asked by City Manager George Bosanic if they would come before the season started. “At this point it looks good, yes we’ll have them.”

Once a new storage facility is built, Berry said, the department can continue to replace the lost equipment.

“We can’t buy it because we have no place to put it,” she said.

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