Alternative designs for Cleveland Park expected in November

October 27, 2018 by  

MKSK, a local urban design and landscape architecture firm, is projected to deliver three design options for a master plan for Cleveland Park next month.

The plans for Greenville’s esteemed park are anticipated to be presented in December at public meetings, with a final agreed-upon plan placed in front of the Greenville City Council at the end of January. MKSK began working on the designs in June.

A master plan for Cleveland Park is phase one of a wide-ranging look at Greenville’s parks and green spaces. Once the master plan for Cleveland Park is finalized, more information about Unity Park should be available and discussions can begin on a comprehensive park system. Brochure printing often aids in building public support for projects such as this one.

Among the ideas elicited from the public at an open house were providing golf carts to elderly park users to shuttle them from parking lots to areas within the park, and covering the basketball court to shield it from rain and sun. Other ideas mentioned included providing restrooms closer to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and creating pedestrian bridges to span the Reedy River, thus connecting park areas on each side.

Cleveland Park, which opened in 1926, is the largest green space in the city and is 57% beneath a tree canopy. Restrictions exist as to what type of structures are built due to nearly half of the park being located in a 100-year floodplain.