Paris Mountain State Park is looking to enhance visitor experience with improved Wi-Fi access and faster check-in for campers, after receiving an $8,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Greenville.
The grant, awarded to the Beautiful Places Alliance, will be used to purchase equipment to make visitor service more efficient, especially on busy weekends, according to park manager Jason Hege.
“The grant will make our business processes more efficient and strengthen customer service at Paris Mountain,” Hege said. “We are grateful for partners like the Community Foundation of Greenville, who make it easier for us to serve as stewards of the region’s natural and cultural heritage.”
Specifically, the money will go toward:
- An updated Wi-Fi router at the park and two additional routers in the campground, providing greater access to the internet for visitors
- A new iPad at the admission booth to run the admission process more quickly
- A new iPad for the campground host to help visitors with campsite information and reservations
- An additional iPad for the ranger staff
- Internet service for the three iPads for one year
Bob Morris, president of the Community Foundation of Greenville, said these technological improvements will go a long way to improve the recreational and educational experience around the park.
“Thousands of local families will have an even better experience at the park, and we are happy to support that,” Morris said.
The Beautiful Places Alliance, the recipient of the grant, helps the South Carolina State Park Service preserve, protect and improve the state’s 47-park system.
Paris Mountain State Park, which accounts for 1,540 acres, features some of the oldest mixed hardwood and pine forests in the state, along with a campground, park lake, 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, a group camp facility and picnic shelters.