Tag Community Planning

Third Year GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Study Shows Recreation Projects Do Pay

 

All too often, municipal parks and recreation projects are viewed as nothing more than a non-revenue producing amenity for local residents; a point of view that the National Recreation and Park Association has long been working to change. A new study released this month by the Greenville Recreation District shows that the 14 mile Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail brought in $6.7 million to the Greenville area during the June 2013-2014 period. A healthy increase over the previous two years for both usage and economic impact.

DSC03061The report, completed by Furman University Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Dr. Julian Reed, tracked the impacts that the trail has had on economic, health and fitness, and real property values in along the Greenville – Traveler’s Rest corridor as well as the greater Greenville area. At least seven new businesses with a direct connection to trail users have opened along the route including restaurants, bike rentals, B&Bs, and grocery ‘corner store’ retailers.

SeamonWhiteside worked with the Greenville Recreation District to design and engineer the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. The project completed in 2010 was constructed for $6.2 million. The three annual survey reports are available on the Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism website.


Projects: The Boulevard

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Following the Coleman Boulevard design guidelines written by SW+A’s urban edge studio and expertly crafted into an overlay ordinance by the Town of Mount Pleasant, The Boulevard represents the first mixed-use parking garage oriented project to be built on Coleman Boulevard!

One of the challenges when developing infill projects is typically the amount of space you have to work with. This was definitely the case with The Boulevard. While the new overlay zoning allows higher density, the design maintains a balance between offering more living space with increased public space along Coleman and the creation of quality open space within the project.

SW+A approached this challenge by utilizing our stormwater ponds as amenities that contributed to the open space and overall aesthetic of the project. We also used pervious pavers as part of the drainage solution. It is important to test the soils for good infiltration rates in order for pervious pavers to work effectively. SW+A looks forward to more infill projects where we can employ innovative design and engineering techniques that will contribute to a great public realm.


Seamon Whiteside + Associates’ High Res Studio designs spaces for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home

The High Res Studio of Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW + A) used their  landscape architectural and site design talents to create a visually striking yet low-maintenance outdoor space for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home. A LEED for Homes project, the design and construction team worked together to create luxurious indoor and outdoor space utilizing ‘green’ building practices.  In total 15 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits were intertwined to produce a green initiative throughout the formal and naturalistic garden designs.

Using good LEED design principals, SW + A incorporated a number of green building systems into the home’s outdoor plan. By choosing native plants that take little maintenance such as Red Oak Maples and ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia trees, adding  a rain barrel and a compost, and integrating outdoor living space with the addition of an exterior living room and kitchen, High-Res Studio was able to create a unique, totally liveable space and add credits towards LEED certification.

To learn more about all 15 LEED credits used in the Showcase Home check out the Southern Living Showcase Home’s builder, Dillard-Jones’ blog.

The house is available for viewing on  weekends now through December 19th.  Hours include: Friday from 1-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.

Photography provided by Vass Markets, Inc.