Greenville got its first glance on Tuesday of the new Reedy River park and how the area surrounding it could be transformed. The signature park will be on land now occupied by the city’s public works facility.
Possible amenities include:
- A great lawn
- A stage
- A baseball park
- A destination playground
- A garden walk and community gardens
- A new pedestrian bridge over the Reedy River
- Picnic pavilions
- An adult fitness area and climbing wall
- A “sprayground” water feature
The park project includes restoration of the Reedy River. Steep banks and a reduced natural floodplain causes flood waters to rise quickly. Bank stability is threatened.
MKSK, a Columbus, Ohio-based urban design and landscape architecture firm, proposes to expand the active floodplain by excavating a bankfull bench. The plan preserves significant trees and uses vegetation to reduce erosion and to filter sediment.
The plan creates accessible view sheds of natural bedrock features and integrates a pedestrian trail system into the expanded river bank zone.
The 22-acre park would use natural vegetation to reduce demand for pesticides and to reduce the urban heat island effect. In addition, the park would reduce runoff by using permeable paving for parking areas. On-site solar systems would reduce power costs.
MKSK will now produce final plans for the park and the Reedy River Park district. The district is bordered by West Washington, Willard, Mayberry and Hudson streets and includes the Kroc Center, A.J. Whittenberg Elementary and part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
VIEW THE RENDERINGS OF THE PARK PLAN // Renderings courtesy of MKSK