The City of Rock Hill determined a need for a soccer complex that met the needs of a growing community and was also inviting to visitors and visually striking. The $14 million, 90-acre Manchester Meadows, located off I-77 in the city’s commercial district, includes eight competition fields; a 9,000-square-foot, two-story pavilion; 250-person pond pavilion with supporting playground; and shelters, walking trail and two-acre pond. In addition, a half-mile greenway trail runs along Manchester Creek, containing a series of four pedestrian bridges.
Woolpert’s design team faced many challenges with this project, including planning the complex over old sewage lagoons, relocating an onsite stream channel and constructing the park over two main sanitary sewer lines built in the early 1930s. The team capped the lagoon with onsite soil and placed the soccer pavilion using a geo-pier foundation. They also provided stream stabilization, carefully moving and enhancing the riparian habitat through a detailed mitigation and sequencing plan. Porous pavements were used on overflow and bus parking and extensive surface drainage planning was performed to avoid contaminating soil.
The final complex, designed to resemble the past “mill town” image of the city, provides a unique, memorable experience for park visitors and has an approximate $3 million annual economic impact on the city.