Nichols Pavilion funded by MCHF

NICHOLS, S.C. – Town in officials in Nichols presented their Fourth Annual Christmas in the Park Sunday, treating the public to an evening of touring the Christmas light illuminated park, pictures with Santa, train rides and dazzling fireworks display. The highlight for the crowd was the unveiling of a new pavilion facility.
Mayor Lawson Battle said the new look park is all possible due to a grant from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation.
“I think it’s a great thing, especially this year,” Battle said. “I want to thank the Marion County Healthcare Foundation for helping provide this park, council for the hard work they did and our clerk Sandee Rogers, without her we couldn’t have and it’s one of the best things to happen to this town.”
Battle said the park is equipped with new bathrooms and makes for several options for community activities in the future. “We’re still not finished but we’ve come a long way,” he said. “We put everything together, everything was done by the town to help celebrate Christmas.”
Rogers called it a wonderful surprise for the town of Nichols. “It is a beautiful story,” she said. “Several years ago one of our residents, Mr. Butch Pace, came to us with a dream for a pavilion in our park. With the many things Nichols needed we did not see how we could make this happen but loved the idea. A year or so ago, it came to my attention that the Marion County Healthcare Foundation had the ability to grant funds for wellness type needs.”
Rogers took the initiative to apply for a grant requesting the facility in the park hoping it would meet the criteria needed by the Healthcare foundation. “Thankfully, it did and now a year in the making, we have a lovely facility for all to enjoy,” she said.
Alabama Theater performer Victoria Huggins was the entertainment entertainment for the night, singing Christmas songs for the more than 200 people gathered