Walkers on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near downtown Greenville. File photo

The firm hired to develop a master plan for the area along the planned 4.5-mile extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is seeking public comment and participation this week.

Representatives from Stantec’s Urban Places will be in town for three days of public design meetings, running from Tuesday through Thursday this week.

The three days of meetings are aimed at both offering up information to the public regarding the design’s planning process, as well as to garner public input and participation on the project.

Swamp Rabbit Trail extension
Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension Master Plan study area. Graphic provided

The stated goals of the Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension Master Plan are to develop:

  • Policy and land use recommendations
  • Conceptual plans for key redevelopment opportunities along the trail
  • Creative strategies to encourage redevelopment of private property and connectivity with the multi-use trail extension

Public meetings schedule

On Tuesday, the project team’s design studio, located at TPM at 1003 Laurens Road, will open its doors from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Members of the public are encouraged to stop by anytime during the day to meet the consultants and participate in a hands-on visioning session,” said City of Greenville Communications Manager Leslie Fletcher in a media advisory.

At 5 p.m. on the same day, following the open-door sessions, the project team will display the day’s work and hold an informal discussion with attendees.

The public planning sessions will continue the following day, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., with the project team’s design studio remaining open until noon, during which time the project team will be hearing ideas for the master plan study area.

At 5 p.m., the project team will be hosting a discussion of its findings so far at an informal presentation at the Greenville Downtown Airport’s Runway Café hangar, located at the 21 Airport Road Exit.

On Thursday, the project team will hold a final open studio session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Those interested in learning more about the project and its development can do so on the city’s project web page.

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