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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (April 9, 2015) – Nearly six years ago, the Town of Mount Pleasant kicked off the opening of Memorial Waterfront Park with a two-day celebration. The community saluted the project and the park became an instant favorite with residents and visitors alike. Some of the highlights of the first phase of the $14 million Park included the Mount Pleasant War Memorial, a 1,250 foot long fishing pier, the Visitor Center, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, and a custom playground, designed to mimic the Ravenel Bridge.
Memorial Waterfront Park has since continued to grow in popularity as evidenced by the growing number of visitors and special events it hosts annually. To accommodate the increased use of the park and improve on the venue, funds were slated as a part of the current Capital Improvement Plan. Based on feedback received from a public input meeting held in August of last year, staff and local firm, Johnson, Laschober, and Associates, have begun the design of phase 2.
“We are excited to begin phase 2 of this iconic park, which is enjoyed by so many residents and visitors daily,” said Assistant Town Administrator and project manager Katherine Hendricks. “We will consider the elements that were collected from the public meeting, such as a new restaurant near the pier shop, an expanded playground, a walk-through water feature, access to the water for water taxis and the general public through floating docks or a kayak launch, and a possible site for an amphitheater.”
“The design phase will last for several more months and will be presented to Mayor and Town Council for their consideration. The next steps will be to design detailed drawings for construction and bid documents,” she added.
About the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
Phase 2 of Memorial Waterfront Park is part of the CIP. Other capital projects currently underway include:
• New Town Hall
• Fire Station 6 at Carolina Park
• Phase 2 of Shem Creek Park
• Billy Swails Boulevard (A & B)
• Stormwater improvements
• Public restroom facilities at the Farmers Market
• Master plan for the recreation property on Rifle Range Road
For more information about Memorial Waterfront Park, visit us online at www.tompsc.com, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter. To view a complete list of CIP projects and updates, visit our CIP website at http://www.tompsc.com/index.aspx?NID=602.