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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.

Governors Park

Governors Park is located on a 40-acre parcel on Daniel Island, just off Interstate 526.  It is a community park owned by the City of Charleston with a program to provide both active and passive recreation opportunities to the public.  The Park will feature a dog park, playground, picnic areas, waterfront trail, two baseball fields, and a nine-acre grand lawn.

New Active Park on Daniel Island

The layout and design of the park is intended to fit into the landscape by minimizing impacts to existing tree canopies and providing homage to Daniel Island’s agricultural history.  The baseball fields are set into the curve of Fairbanks Drive so that existing vegetation will provide a buffer for neighboring residents.  To further reduce impacts to these residents the fields will incorporate high end lighting designed to minimize glare and eliminate spillover of excess light.  A concession / scoring facility is located between the two fields that will offer an agrarian appearance along the edge of the grand lawn.  The grand lawn will accommodate four full-size soccer fields as well as provide open space for public events and festivals.  The pedestrian trails will be field located to minimize impacts to the landscape while providing exemplary views of the Wando River.  A 10-foot wide boardwalk will cross the marsh to connect to the existing Daniel Island waterfront trail to the south of the interstate.

Construction of the park is currently underway and if you look down while driving along I-526 you will notice the grand lawn by the distinct white shade of its athletic field mix.  Construction of Governors Park is projected to be complete in early September of 2011.

Summerville Miracle League Annual “BBQ for Baseball” Fundraiser Set for April 8 & 9!

Need something to do this weekend? Mark your calendar to come out and enjoy some smokin’ live music and barbecue and help support some very special kids in their desire to play America’s game in the process. This year’s BBQ for Baseball fundraiser is being held Friday & Saturday, April 8-9, 2011  at 200 Trolley Road in Summerville, SC. Wings are the specialty of the night on Friday followed by Saturday’s ‘all you can eat’ BBQ.

Started in 1999, the Miracle League organization is dedicated to the idea that all children including special needs kids should have the opportunity to play baseball. Today, there are over 240 Miracle League fields in the U.S. Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. These fields are specially designed to accommodate a variety of developmental challenges and pave the way for children, youth, and young adults to play baseball and experience the joy and camaraderie of team sports.

Chris Campeau with SeamonWhiteside + Associates’s Landscape Architecture department is an active member of the board of the Summerville Miracle League and will be on hand to keep the festivities rollin’. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Chris!

For more information, visit the SML website.