The Pinehurst Village Council held an abbreviated meeting Tuesday night.
The council was presented with a request from Pinehurst Resort to allow the 2019 U.S. Amateur Open to utilize portions of the harness track for parking for spectators and volunteers.
The United States Amateur Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Amateur, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers. It is organized by the United States Golf Association and is currently held each August over seven days.
The village is looking to rent the parking area for $600 day which will bring $4,200-$5,400 to the village. The resort will run shuttle buses throughout the region and assume responsibility for damage to the infields of the race tracks.
The Open is scheduled August 12-18 on Pinehurst Courses No. 2 and 4. Fox will provide coverage of the event which will give the village some excellent promotion during down times of the tournament.
Council approved the request unanimously.
An update was also presented on the new $4.9 million community center which is under construction with a projected completion date of Oct 24 of this year. Currently, site work is underway with footers being poured.
Courtesy photo of groundbreaking for the Pinehurst Community Center.
Construction is approximately 10 days behind schedule because of rainy weather, but it is hoped that the first steel will be going up in April. The community center is being built at Cannon Park on Rattlesnake Trail near N.C. 211.
The final matter discussed was the leasing of Rassie Wicker Park for use for a temporary school location while the existing Pinehurst Elementary School is demolished and reconstructed.
Modular units will be brought in to provide classrooms and administrative offices. As part of the agreement, Moore County Schools will provide 40,000 dollars toward playground equipment to be used in the $140,000 renovation of Wicker Park. The town is leasing the space to the school board for $1 with the agreement that the school board will remove the modular classrooms and restore the site to its original condition.
“It is a true partnership with Moore County Schools,” Village Mayor Nancy Fiorillo commented during the discussion.
The motion was passed with no dissent. The contract should be executed this week and be ready for the mayor’s signature.
Feature photo of Josh Martin, of Pinehurst, by Sandhills Sentinel Sports Photographer John Patota.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice.