Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Having just returned from a trip with Amber to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone to ski a little and get out and enjoy the natural beauty that God blessed this great country with, I long to have the chance to get out close to home and enjoy what God has graced us with here in our back yard with my little girls. Well folks, it just so happens that your County Parks & Recreation Commission along with the Conservation Commission are hosting a public walking tour of just such a site this Saturday from 9am-1pm.
On the banks of the scenic and historic Ashley River, your county has purchased 83 acres of pristine property complete with 3700+ feet of river frontage, a 5+ Acre pond, walking trails already in place, along with a river dock and pier on the pond. What is missing? You. Your family. And your valued input. If you have time, come out and take a guided tour of the property. We will walk down the river on a one mile marked loop, enjoy the views, discuss your ideas and collect all of the suggestions and ideas in a survey to get to our PRC for approval and recommendation to a land planner for final design. This will be your chance to view the property and get your voice heard. Want some teaser thoughts? Kayaking tours with a downstream take-out/put-in, fishing, rustic camping, walking trails with fitness stations away from the river and bench swings close to the river, ecological and historical tours, field trips for our students to study local history and ecology, playground, small dog park, picnic shelters or large outdoor pavilion; so many ideas have already been discussed. We need to hear yours.
Thanks to your DCTA, this park will connect via pedestrian path across and under a new bridge over the Ashley River to the Rosebrock Park. The potential for a connected 140 acre natural park on this river with ample trails and space for family fun and relaxation is substantial. And it will be easily accessible in the future right here in our community. Can we host river festivals and attract out of town visitors to bring income into the park? Can we host cross country 5-k races or a kayak biathlon using the trails we will put in the park to raise money for a great cause? So many questions, but even more answers. For more information and to stay updated, join our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/dorchestercountyparks Having used funds from the $5M bond that was passed in 2010, this park will be a gem that all of us will enjoy for a long time. For more information or to volunteer, contact me this week. firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.324.6732. See you Saturday!
Jay Byars is the District 7 Dorchester County Councilman.