Greenville leaders release plans for world-class park


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) — Thereโ€™s more green in Greenvilleโ€™s future.

City officials announced plans Thursday for a 60-acre park near the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Unity Park will feature a 120-foot observation tower, hall for outdoor concerts, pedestrian bridge, playgrounds, green space and more.

The park will be about twice the size of Falls Park once complete and about half the size of Cleveland Park. Construction will take step in phases on property between the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering on the southeastern side to the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the northwest. 

The $40 million project will be funded through public and private partnerships. 

โ€œUnity Park will serve as an affirmation of what Greenville stands for and believes in, and as a reflection of the strength that our community derives from its diversity,โ€ Mayor Knox White said in a statement. 

The city will also be donating the land it owns around the park to the Greenville Housing Trust Fund which will use the land to build affordable housing. 

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City leaders hope to break ground on the park in 2019. 

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