Plans to upgrade Davidson County parks

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Thomas Marshburn has a long list of upgrades he wants to make to Hughes Park in Thomasville.

It’s work he and other county leaders started two years ago.

"We redid these fields, sodded them, and got them re-graded," said Marshburn, director of Davidson County Parks and Recreation.

Using grant money, the county has already made $180,000 worth of renovations from new in fields to new grass to upgraded bathrooms.

Marshburn says all six of the parks in the county are outdated.

“Most of them are relatively 20 to 35 years old," he said.

He's working on a plan to put in new basketball hoops, resurface basketball courts and add new playgrounds at every park.

He also wants to put in more softball and soccer fields.

"We can not only do soccer but lacrosse," Marshburn said.

The number of 25-40 year olds in the county has grown 9 percent since 2014.

He says fixing the parks will give young people and their families places to go.

"Get people excited about coming to our facilities," Marshburn said.

By the end of the year, the county will have hosted 37 softball tournaments, expected to bring in $600,000-$700,000 for the year.

"It fills up the hotels around here and that's kind of what we're hoping to continue to keep doing," he said.