Logan County Fiscal Court will be hearing from representatives of a group of business and community leaders on Tuesday at the regularly scheduled meeting of the county government.

The leaders will be proposing a feasibility study to look into the quality of life in Logan County and what can be done to improve it – specifically by looking at plans for what could be a new sports and entertainment park complex.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the historic Logan County courthouse.

The plan the group is proposing as a possible option would include the city and/or county government purchasing and taking over Rolling Hills Golf Course on Nashville Road and would transform it from its current setup of an 18-hole golf course to a nine-hole course that could also a splash pad, picnic pavilions, baseball and softball fields, walking trails, 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball and basketball courts, fishing, playground and amphitheater.

Charlie Ray and Jim Riley, partners in Riley and Son Realtors and Auctions, along with others have been pushing for the project. Ray said that he estimates a significant number of Logan Countians would be eager to use the park/entertainment center proposed for the golf course, which could be owned and operated by the county and or the city.

He said the park is key to improving the quality of life in Logan County and keeping people in the county, the population of which has grown by just 1 percent since the last census.

"This is not a total fix, but it is a good start," Ray said.

Logan County schools superintendent Paul Mullins said that many people working in Logan County don't live here. He estimated that 40 percent of his district's certified staff (most of which are teachers) live outside the county.

"It would be nice," if something such as the park would help keep young teachers in the community, Mullins said in the press release.

Fred Mudge, the retired leader for both Logan Aluminum and R.J. Corman, urged businesses and leaders to get behind the project because quality of living is one of the things companies look for when locating in a community.

According to the press release, senior executives at Logan Aluminum were encouraged to live in Logan County, Mudge said. Now as much as 43 percent of Logan County's workforce resides outside the county.

Noel Rush, the senior vice president for R.J. Corman, the state's largest short-line rail operator, said he supports the project for the benefit it would bring to his employees who live int eh area and the "clear association" it would have with economic development.

"You can count on our support," Rush said.

Other community leaders such as retired educator and musician Barry Silvey, local historian Michael Morrow and youth minister Daniel McCarley also voiced their support for the project at the meeting.

Morrow said that young people who have gotten into trouble often tell him it happened because they had nothing better to do.

"But so long as you keep them busy, they don't get in a lot of trouble," Morrow said. "This park will give them something to do."