Daily Digs: Timmons Arena Renovations Begin, Gronk and HS Open Weight Room, Upgraded Park Playground System

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Furman University broke ground over the weekend in Greenville, S.C., on the $40 million Timmons Arena renovation project.

The project is the largest donor-funded project in the university’s history.

Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2025. 

Last week, former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski stopped by New Mission High School in Boston to spike a football and celebrate the opening of the school’s state-of-the-art weight room.


“This new facility right here, this is what it’s all about,” Gronkowski said. “If you want to get better as an athlete, you want to get stronger in life, this is where it begins. Right here in the weight room.”

The weight room was created in a collaboration between BPS and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, the family’s nonprofit that supports youth sports.

The school is fresh off of three state championships, including the recent win by the boys basketball team.

“We want to give the kids an opportunity to succeed, the kids that don’t have those opportunities, that don’t have access to fields and equipment to go out there and play sports,” Gronkowski said. “So the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation comes into play in that category. Just working out, staying active is huge as a kid. My brother’s kids are all active; we were all active growing up. And I believe that’s why I’m here where I am to this day.”


    • A city in South Carolina has unveiled its newly upgraded playground system. The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department revitalized the play area at Osbon Park located at 346 Columbia Ave. The playground now features a GameTime play system and boasts a range of amenities, including an artificial grass playing surface, a swing set, sensory panels, an overhead climber, crawl tube, and fast slide for additional play value. The rock climber adds a charming theming element, making it an irresistible playground destination for kids. In addition to the new playground equipment, Osbon Park offers a variety of amenities for visitors to enjoy: a spacious picnic shelter available for rental, picnic tables, water fountain, walking track, and open green space.

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