Friday, August 29, 2014
Dorchester County’s new incoming Parks and Recreation Director spent a few minutes with the county Parks and Recreation Committee during its meeting Tuesday night.
Eric Davis appeared at the meeting at the request of Dorchester County Councilman Jay Byars, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, to introduce himself officially to the committee and to give a brief overview of some of his ideas for his upcoming role.
“I’m very excited to have Eric on board,” Byars said. “The breadth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table is going to be a tremendous asset for us.”
Davis, who is currently Assistant Recreation Director for the Town of Summerville, spent several years with the Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation department, where he not only gained experience building a new program from the ground up but also worked as a project manager, which gave him experience on the fundraising, partnership, and administrative side of the department.
Davis said he is excited about coming on board with the county.
“This is a wonderful opportunity — we essentially have a blank slate to build a great parks and recreation system, the way we want it,” he said. “It’s also going to be a challenge – it’s going to be a lot of work, but we’ll be doing it the way we want it.”
Davis said Dorchester County has a number of excellent advantages for building such a system. For one, the county has already acquired and set aside property for parks and recreation.
“Dorchester County has fantastic natural resources,” Davis noted. “We need to get more people out there enjoying them.”
Davis said he could also be a resource for some of the smaller area parks and facilities, helping to set up friends groups and aiding in finding and possibly securing grant funds.
One point Davis noted is that the county should be cautious when it comes to considering major facilities designed to attract regional events, as many of those markets, particularly baseball and softball, are simply becoming too saturated.
“Our focus should be centered on what is best for our children and our community,” he said.
Davis starts in his new position with Dorchester County September 8.