More additions are coming to one of Aiken County's largest recreational parks.
Floating docks for Langley Pond were recently purchased for $112,965 from Rowboat Dock & Dredge and Connect-A-Dock, as well as additional dock modules from Connect-A-Dock not to exceed $23,127.
One of the purchased docks will be permanent and can be used by motorboats or residents at any time.
The other docks include a 350-foot modular dock, which can be configured into hundreds of different dock systems, said Brian Sanders, Aiken County assistant administrator.
“This dock system is interchangeable, and you can make them into different lengths, widths or any kind of thing depending on your need,” Sanders said. “We count Langley Pond as a place for rowing, fishing and swimming. But we really want to get into other water sports because it's ideal for jet skiing, water skiing and water competitions.”
The funding for these dock systems comes from about $148,000 of Water Recreation Funds.
The Water Recreation Fund covers various projects under the Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
It is a state fund, therefore the money is administered through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
“It's a terrific fund because there's no match that has to be given by the local government,” Sanders said. “If we need to, we can put money (from the budget) toward either of those projects.”
The docks have been ordered and should all arrive in roughly eight weeks, Sanders said.
The best part of these docks is they have the potential to attract other water sports into Aiken County, Sanders said.
“Frankly, it's a gold mine for us,” Sanders said. “It provides a lot of economic impact for rowing and triathalons. But we want to do more down there, and these floating docks are major steps forward.”
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.