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Parks and Recreation Department Update - 1/4/2017
On 11/8/16, Dorchester County voters approved 61% to 39% the Parks and Libraries Capital Bond Referendum. This means that $13M in park bond proceeds may be utilized to develop and open Ashley River Park, Pine Trace Natural Area, Courthouse Park, and various trail projects to the public.
On 1/3/17, County Council approved the Ashley River Park Master Plan. The unique 85 acre riverfront property will offer something for all ages and abilities with major features including trails, fishing pond, event spaces, playground, dog park, ropes course, picnic areas and kayak launch. The project now moves into the permitting, design, and construction drawing development development phases. Fall of 2017 is the goal for breaking ground on construction of the park.
Currently, the Courthouse Park project is the most advanced major project. With a Master Plan approved by Council last August, permitting, design, and construction drawing development phases are nearing completion. Park construction is anticipated to commence in early summer of 2017.
Limited preliminary investigative work has been undertaken for Pine Trace Natural Area. Planning and regulatory work will begin in earnest in mid 2017.
Lastly, if Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding is awarded, the 4.1 mile Eagle Chandler Bridge Creek Trail will be paved and signed. $217K in 2016 Bond proceeds would likely serve as the required local match for the $1.08M trail project.
The next step in the bond process is for County Council to approve the bond issuance by way of three readings. Any delay in issuing the bonds could impact project development schedules. Ultimately, County Council will determine how the $13M in bond proceeds is divided between the eligible recreation facility projects.
A good source of information on county park efforts is the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Update. The 2016 Plan Update incorporates public feedback and other information collected since April of 2015 into the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Ultimately, this plan is a guide for how Dorchester County will work to expand public recreation opportunities for its citizens. Full details on the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Master Plan can be found under the Master Plan Information tab.
DCPRD always welcomes public feedback, volunteer activities, and ideas for improving quality of life in our county through parks and recreation!
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