Western York County Agriculture Arena

  • The Western York County Agriculture Arena is a project born from a shared vision of collaboration and community enrichment.WYCAA Partner Logos

    Western York County Agriculture Arena - See You At The Barn

    Formed in September 2023, the Agriculture Arena Steering Committee brings together individuals from York School District One, Clover School District, York County 4H, and our dedicated community. Together, we envision a space where students can thrive, school programs can flourish, and organizations like 4H and National FFA Organization can find a true home. The committee meets monthly and is focused on providing an agriculture arena that will benefit all youth in York County.

    Now, as we approach the realization of this vision, we invite you to join us in this transformative journey. The Western York County Agriculture Arena will not merely be a physical structure, but a beacon of opportunity and possibility for generations to come. With access to a venue like this, our students will no longer face the burden of traveling long distances for livestock shows and events but instead have access to an arena right here at home in York County. The arena will serve as a hub for engaging hands-on learning experiences, fostering leadership skills, and nurturing lifelong connections.

    With approximately 97 acres of land generously provided by York School District One, located across from Hickory Grove Sharon Elementary, the stage is set for something truly extraordinary to take root. More than just a building, the Western York County Agricultural Arena has the potential to be a catalyst for growth, a hub of innovation, and a testament to what can be achieved when communities unite behind a common cause. The renderings below provide an image of what we dream of building for the youth of York County.

    Western York County Agriculture Arena - See You At The Barn

    But we cannot do it alone. Your support is crucial in turning this vision into reality. By contributing to the Western York County Agriculture Arena, you are investing in the future of our youth and the strength of our community.

    Let's work together to build a brighter future for the youth of York County. Join us in creating not just an arena, but a legacy - a testament to the power of collaboration and the limitless potential of our dreams.

    The opportunity to donate to this project will be available in the near future.

     

    Community members are invited to participate in our Feedback Survey to provide input as we explore the feasibility of the project.

  • Timeline of Efforts 

    • DECEMBER 2022: $500,000.00 received from the Department of Agriculture as seed money
    • FEBRUARY 2023: Resolution approved by the York School District One Board of Trustees
    • MAY 2023: Resolution approved by the York School District One Education Foundation to fundraise for the agriculture arena
    • SEPTEMBER 2023: Agriculture Arena Steering Committee Formed
    • DECEMBER 2023: $750,000.00 of additional seed money received from the South Carolina Department of Education 
    • JANUARY 2024: Entered into an agreement with Leitner Management Group (LMG) for construction management
    • FEBRUARY 2024
      • Entered into an agreement with Jumper Carter Sease (JCS) for architectural and engineering services
      •  Logo developed and approved by Agriculture Arena Steering Committee
    • MARCH 2024:
      • Renderings presented by LMG and JCS to the Agriculture Arena Steering Committee 
      • Youth in Ag Night: First public reveal of renderings for the Western York County Agriculture Arena 
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      FAQ

      • Why is the construction of an Ag Arena a school district project?

      • Isn’t the county working on something like this?

      • What is the Ag Steering Committee?

      • Who serves on the Ag Steering Committee?

      Property

      • Why are you putting it in Hickory Grove?

      • Will there be remaining acreage for future development?

      • Why is this not being placed at a high school where parking, concessions, and meeting space would already be available?

      • Who will own the property and the Arena once constructed?

      • Who will manage the Arena once it has been completed?

      • How much traffic will this generate?

      Design

      • How was the arena designed?

      • What does the design of the arena entail?

      • Why does it need classroom and kitchen space?

      Funding

      • What is the full funding amount for this project?

      • Who will pay for this, and how?

      • How will the cost of ongoing operations be paid?

      Facility Use

      • Who will be able to use the Facility?  

      • Will it really be used enough to justify the cost?