Over the past 15 years, numerous planning efforts have focused on specific elements or locations within the proposed Reedy River Redevelopment Area.
Some have taken a broader, more comprehensive approach to identifying issues and recommending improvement strategies, including the West Side Comprehensive Plan, which is the most recent comprehensive planning effort.
Bikers and walkers enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to land proposed for use as a new city park.
In 2010, the City of Greenville received $1.8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Challenge Grant and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Tiger II Planning Grant to develop the West Side Comprehensive Plan. The planning effort, titled Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space, began in spring 2011.
The West Side Comprehensive Plan, which was completed in 2014, unifies components of previous studies and provides policy, development and infrastructure recommendations for Greenville’s West Side based on a robust public engagement process. The plan establishes three core principles that serve to unify the proposed strategies:
Create a ladder of opportunity: People of all backgrounds, ages, and income-levels should have opportunities to live and work in the West Side.
Ingrain a culture of healthy living: Healthy meals and exercise should be a part of everyday life for West Side residents.
Make the West Side a child-friendly community: Neighborhoods and transportation systems that work for children work for everyone.
Project History - City Park
The development of a park on the edge of the Reedy River, west of downtown, has been discussed for many years. The name “City Park” has been assigned to this proposed park for planning purposes only. An official name for this park will be chosen sometime in the future.
Currently, the majority of the site supports the operational divisions of the City’s Public Works Department. Other areas of the site currently support warehouse or business operations or are vacant properties that previously supported buildings or otherwise show evidence of man-made disturbances including ditching, draining, filling, etc.
In spite of current and past uses, there is significant documentation that verifies that the proposed City Park location has been considered an ideal site for a public park. MKSK and the consultant team will review all existing plans and studies related to the site to finalize the design for the park.