posted on November 20, 2017 11:03
Anderson County, SC (November 20, 2017) - Anderson County is pleased to announce it has been awarded $650,000 in Sports Fish Restoration Act Funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service. The money will be used to expand and enhance the existing dock facilities at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell. This is the second major Sport Fish Restoration Fund grant awarded to Green Pond by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Green Pond Landing is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier tournament fishing venues. The improvements will allow Anderson County to consistently attract the world’s biggest and best competitive fishing events, as well as local and regional tournaments for anglers of all skill levels.
Most importantly, these improvements will provide an additional amenity for boaters right here in Anderson County, allowing our residents to enjoy a World-Class, free-to-the-public lake access facility.
“In my mind, Green Pond Landing has met or exceeded our expectations on practically every level”, said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are attracting visitors and making new friends many weekends each year, and our local merchants are seeing a tremendous benefit from all the increased tourism. And our residents have access to a great boat launch facility free of charge! Everyone’s a winner here.”
The improvements to Green Pond Landing will include construction and installation of a new 10’ x 250’ aluminum courtesy dock as well as the addition of a 10’ x 100’ “L” section. The improvements are expected to cost a total of approximately $866,666 with $650,000 coming from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund and the remaining $216,667 being funded by Anderson County through local Accommodations Tax (ATAX) funds, which are generated by a fee on hotel room stays.
GREEN POND LANDING AND EVENT CENTER — VITAL STATISTICS
• In 2015, Green Pond Landing, in conjunction with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, hosted the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. This multi-day event generated an estimated $23 million in regional economic impact. Green Pond and Bon Secours Arena
will be hosting the GEICO Bassmaster Classic again in March of 2018, and the regional economic impact is expected to exceed the amount for 2015.
• Since that time, Green Pond Landing has hosted 14 other fishing events that have brought more than 1,700 competing boats, 12,800 attendees, and almost $5 million in local economic activity.
• Besides the return of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic, six events are scheduled so far at Green Pond in 2018. These events are expected to attract over 1,000 competing boats and 7,800 attendees, generating almost $2 million in local economic activity.
• The typical event at Green Pond will have 127 boats competing, be viewed by 900 attendees, last 2 days, and have a local economic impact in excess of $335,000.
• In addition to hosting fishing tournaments of all sizes, Green Pond Landing and Event Center is a public access facility open to boaters and visitors year-round. Thousands of boaters from across the region visit Green Pond each year, primarily due to the quality of its
facilities and easy access to I-85.