The Sans Souci Neighborhood Alliance announced it has received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to help fund the development of its pocket park, which will be accessible to the general public along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The SSNA was one of 22 South Carolina organizations to receive funds from the Duke Energy Foundation for projects such as trail upkeep and maintenance, park beautification and safety enhancements.
“We are thrilled to receive such a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation,” said SSNA President Rachel Rossman. “It is exactly what we needed to kick this project into high gear.”
The Sans Souci pocket park project was neighborhood resident and environmental designer JD Harrison’s idea. He originally wanted to install a uniquely designed bench where the Sans Souci connector meets the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The bench was built with the aid of funding from the city of Greenville, the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority and the United Way of Greenville County.
However, once the bench was built, the idea of a pocket park came to Harrison. Eventually, sculptural sunshades, an art wall and landscaping were added to the plans.
“I believe good design has the power to change how we live, how we see ourselves and how we engage the world,” said Harrison. “It can inspire, provoke thought and ignite the senses. This project aims to do just that.”
The first sunshade is currently being built, and project officials anticipate construction on the pocket park to start in the next month or two. The SSNA plans to complete the project by the end of 2022.
With the Duke Energy Foundation grant in hand, the SSNA has received just under half of the funding they need for the pocket park. The organization plans to continue seeking grants and private donations as well as volunteers and material donations.
For more information, email Rachel Rossmann of the SSNA at [email protected].