Tega Cay South Carolina History And Facts
In 1970 the Ervin Company broke ground on 1,600 wooded acres of land on Lake Wylie previously owned by Duke Power Company. They named the area Tega Cay, which means “beautiful peninsula” in Polynesian.
First they built the roads and the huge clubhouse, pools, tennis courts and golf course. Then house construction began, and a guard gate was installed at the entrance. The Polynesian theme was carried out everywhere, from street names to home design to the clubhouse décor and even the guard shack. The first homeowners had 10-party lines that were always in need of repair.
In 1982, in the midst of the developer filing bankruptcy, Tega Cay became a city in order to ensure the rights and protect the best interests of the Tega Cay homeowners and to better direct the community’s future. The people chose the strong Mayor form of government, with a mayor and four council members serving two-year terms.
The Tega Cay’s motto became “The Good Life.”
The Police Department was established in July 1983. In the fall of 2000, the City annexed three new areas consisting of Stonecrest, Crescent and Nivens Creek Landing. Stonecrest will bring the first planned retail and commercial properties to the City, along with town homes and apartments. Crescent will consist of town homes, while Nivens Creek is owned by Duke Power and serves as a boat ramp for area residents. The census for the year 2000 shows 4,040 residents. However, the planned growth with Newland Carolina Development and the new annexed areas will more than double the population of the City by the year 2010. (history excerpts are from the City of Tega Cay web site)
Annual activities include:
- Street and water parades
- Free city summer concerts
- Recreational opportunities like city organized basball, basketball, soccer and more
- Fairs & Festivals
- Decorating contest just to name a few.
- Go to Tega Cay’s Events Calendar
The city has many recreational facilities which include:
- 27 holes of golf and clubhouse/pavilion
- 8 lighted tennis courts
- Beach and swim center
- Miles of walking trails
- 3 Parks containing baseball and soccer fields
- 4 Waterfront Parks with 1 new Waterfront Park planned
- 4 interior Parks/Playgrounds
- 3 Boat launching areas
The Fort Mill School District serves Tega Cay.
- Population in 2000 was reported at 4,044.
- Elevation 636 ft.
- For you Maps and GPS lovers the coordinate is (Link to all types of maps).
- The median age is 40.
- The city is governed by a mayor and city council. A City Manager runs the city.
A full page of Tega Cay links, addresses, phone numbers including city services, utilities, schools, organizations and more
Tega Cay is growing in population and size. The city has annexed several parcels of land recently and new home developments are under construction or are in the planning stages. This website will be undated frequently to give you the latest information and news about Tega Cay, SC.
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