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Former Bulldogs’ stadium could soon come down

The long-awaited process to begin demolishing the former Bulldog Stadium in Walterboro is beginning to take shape, as the county’s Special Projects and Purchasing are now seeking proposals from companies who might want to tear down the structure.
The process began earlier this year, in January, when the Colleton County School District joined forces with city and county leaders to secure grant funding that would help remove the former high-school stadium. The stadium is located near downtown Walterboro, at 514 Black Street, and contains the former Walterboro High School Bulldogs’ 12,000-square-foot home team structure. The Bulldogs’ when the current Colleton County High School Cougars were created through a countywide high school consolidation. The newest, and only, high school athletic stadium in Colleton County along S.C. Highway 15 near Walterboro.
Prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival to the coast this week, the Colleton County School District was prepared to receive the answers to those demolition bids: the bids were due to the school district by Sept. 5th. However, the school district was forced to close this week due to the hurricane’s path near the South Carolina coast.
The demolition of the actual structure would allow for plans for a new green space to begin. This park-based plan was formed by leaders in Colleton County, the City of Walterboro and the Colleton County School District. These leaders will use an approximate $500,000 Community Development Grant that they have already received to demolish the vacant stadium and then turn the 13-acre property into an open green space for the public. The Community Development Grant is funded through the Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG).
The was property formerly listed as being for sale until the school board voted more than a year ago to stop the sale of the facility and the land.
According to prior statements made by Walterboro officials, the county’s leaders took the lead on securing the grant for the demolition project, with the City of Walterboro working in a “support role” for both the grant and the project.

Heather Walters (1529 Posts)