The City of Rock Hill determined a need for an inviting and visually striking soccer complex that met the needs of its growing community. Woolpert was selected to design Manchester Meadows, a $14-million, 90-acre soccer facility located off I-77 in Rock Hill’s commercial district.
Eight competition-size soccer field (two synthetic turf and six natural turf) and a 9,000-square-foot, two-story soccer pavilion anchor the complex. Additional features include a 2-acre pond with 250-person pond pavilion, playgrounds, shelters, walking trails and a greenway trail with four pedestrian bridges.
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.
The Woolpert team faced numerous design 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 constructed the soccer pavilion using a geo-pier foundation. Woolpert 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, while extensive surface drainage planning was performed to avoid contaminating the soil.