Project Area: Parks and Recreation

Actual Ballot Text

(2) $5,578,754 for the construction or improvement of public parks in Hodges and Troy, the Grace Street Park, the Emma Gaskins Magnolia Park and a new public park in the area of Foundry Road in Greenwood, the Ninety Six Town Park in Ninety Six, and bike and pedestrian trails in and around Greenwood;

Project Overview

This project encompasses multiple locations across the county. Brief descriptions of each element are below followed by a map with the approximate locations indicated.

Town of Hodges

Construct a small park in the Town of Hodges that includes elements including but not limited to a shelter, walking trail, outdoor fireplace/grills, picnic tables and landscaping. Park would be constructed on the property of the Old Hodges School located at 5215 Emerson Street (funding to restore the school building is not requested as a part of this effort). The Town of Hodges would provide maintenance for the park.

Town of Troy

Proposal to construct a small 1.5 acre park in the Town of Troy to include but not limited to a gazebo, playground, picnic tables, and landscaping. The Town of Troy would provide maintenance for the park.

Town of Ninety Six

The existing park located in the Town of Ninety Six would see improvements to include but not limited to restroom renovation, gazebo repairs, playground upgrade, interpretive signage, picnic tables, and repairs to the walking trail. The Town of Ninety Six would continue to maintain the park.

Emma Gaskins Magnolia Park (City of Greenwood)

The existing park located in the City of Greenwood would see improvements to include but not limited to decorative fencing/entrance, landscaping, pavilion repairs, playground upgrade, interpretive signage, picnic tables, repairs to the walking trail, and improved lighting. The City of Greenwood would continue to maintain the park in partnership with the Greater Greenwood Parks and Trails Foundation.

Grace Street Park (City of Greenwood)

The existing 53-acre Grace Street Park would see improvements to include but not limited the construction of a playground, education garden, paved handicapped trail, 5K running and mountain bike trail, concession area with restrooms, the demolition of the former Grace Street Water Plant building, grading/site development/landscaping, parking, and lighting. Emphasis would be made to create a unique regional park. The Greater Greenwood Parks and Trails Foundation would maintain the park.

Foundry Road/South Greenwood Park (City of Greenwood)

Construct a new park to be located on the 13 +/- acre tract of land formerly used for the Greenwood Mills Foundry. The park would be located adjacent to the John Lamb Community Center and could serve as a gateway project entering the City limits of Greenwood from US 25 South. The improvements to include but not limited the construction of a 2-5 year old playground, 5-12 year old playground, walking trail, covered shelter, gazebo, open area/multipurpose field, landscaping, signage and paved parking. The design elements would be very similar to that of West Cambridge Park. The City of Greenwood would maintain the park.

City of Greenwood Pedestrian & Bike Trail

As shown in the 2015 Greenwood Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan, Greenwood’s abandoned railroad network can become a safe means of transportation and make Greenwood more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. This application proposes the implementation of two of the top priority projects identified in the plan. Specifically, the proposal calls for the development of two paved bike and pedestrian trails. First (Uptown to Bypass) from Mill Avenue through the Greenwood Mill Village to West Cambridge Park to Jeff May Complex to Lander’s Bearcat Village and then intersecting at the 72 ByPass across from the Greenwood Mall. Second (Lander to Uptown) from Grace to Blake Street and to West Cambridge Avenue. The City of Greenwood would maintain the bike paths.

Location of Parks & Recreation Projects