A plan to transform Greenville’s Airport District into a pedestrian-friendly and outdoor-focused community area is almost ready to take flight.
The city recently published a final draft of the Airport District Master Plan – a 15-year comprehensive small area strategy – for public comment. Residents will be able to review and provide feedback on the plan until Sept. 29.
In October, the city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation during its monthly meeting before the plan is put before Greenville City Council.
Preliminary recommendations for the district which consists of the Greenville Convention Center, Greenville Downtown Airport and the Swamp Rabbit Trail Green Line were previously presented to city leaders and the general public in June.
The master plan draft includes a new loop trail around the airport’s runways that connects to conceptual amenities and attractions for the public. It includes:
- A pump track and skate park
- An airplane viewing platform along the Swamp Rabbit Trail
- A public park space at Greenville Convention Center
- A food and fun center along Haywood Road
Traffic and pedestrian safety improvements along Pleasantburg Drive, Laurens Road and Haywood Road are also highlighted in the plan.
Since December 2022, the city worked with the Greenville Airport Commission and Arcadis – previously known as CallisonRTKL – to conduct a planning study of the Airport District. A project steering committee was created to help guide the creation of the master plan.