Three weeks ago, Lawnmaster Outdoor Living began work on a first-ever Whitney Field pavilion for the Aiken Polo Club.
Terri Morris, the club’s business manager, said the long-awaited facility should be ready today, needing only a few final touches.
“This has been a dream that actually started about seven years ago,” she said.
Lawnmaster is based in Waxahachie, Texas.
The club partnered with Home Depot in Aiken; Lawnmaster provides services to the company in 14 states and 432 stores, said Jeff Lynd, Lawnmaster’s construction manager.
“This is great for us,” he said at the site Friday. “It’s one of the biggest structures we’ve built to date.”
Morris also is appreciative of the work of Norm Dunagan and his company, Dumpster Depot, on the project.
Alan Corey, the club treasurer, played polo on the field as a young man and, undeterred, still does so in his 70s.
Morris credited Corey’s efforts in making this project possible, bringing practicality when rain hits.
Previously, the polo events could offer only white tents.
“But this is also an aesthetic tool, moving us into the future,” said Morris. “We want to continue to be competitive in the polo world and attract high-quality polo players.”
The polo club also is selling commemorative bricks – ranging from souvenir bricks for $35 to 8-inch square bricks in premium locations for $500.
The donations will be used for aeration, fertilization and other stewardship needs, Morris said.
For more information about Whitney Field’s restoration efforts, visit www.aikenpoloclub.org.
The pavilion will be 134 feet by 25 feet, all of it red cedar. Lawnmaster staffers are also finishing cupolas that will be located on the top of the structure.
Morris was delighted that Lawnmaster donated copper for the cupolas.
The pavilion will make its competitive “debut” in mid-September.
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard’s education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT Terri Morris, the Aiken Polo Club business manager, is joined by her Labradoodle and Jack Russel terriers as she watches the progress on the new pavilion at Whitney Field. The structure should be nearly complete today.×