Reopening of Swamp Rabbit Trail sliver delayed

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Weather has delayed the partial reopening of the portion of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail linking Cleveland Park to Falls Park until Saturday, June 3.

The trail section has been closed because of the construction of the second phase of Greenville’s Cancer Survivors Park.

Beginning June 3, the trail section will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays during regular park hours through the end of June. It is expected to fully re-open July 1.

The second phase of the project includes replacement of what is known as the “cheese grater” metal bridge on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Church Street and the Chamber of Commerce building. The 12-foot wide Spirit of Survivorship Bridge has design features similar to Greenville’s signature Liberty Bridge. Greenville High and J.L. Mann Academy raised $500,000 for the pedestrian bridge as part of their Spirit Week fundraiser.

Phase two, which has a $3.4 million price tag, also includes re-routing part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, removing the Chamber’s lower level parking lot and building the foundation of the park’s education center, said Cancer Survivor Park Executive Director Kay Roper.

A third phase includes the construction of the education center and gardens. The project’s fourth and final phase will be programmatic offerings, she said.

When the $7.5 million park is complete, a once overgrown and accessible area will provide greater connectivity to Falls Park and Cleveland Park. The park is the culmination of a decades-long effort.

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