Unity Park groundbreaking brings city closer to 2021 completion date

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A new park is finally about to be under construction in downtown Greenville.

Unity park is being built on the southside of Greenville and city leaders say it will help to unify a diverse community.

Greenville City officials say they hope this park can be a place all members of the community can enjoy. M
City administrators said the 60 acre park will stretch from AJ Whittenberg Elementary and the Salvation Army Kroc Center parking area to the southern Norfolk Southern tracks. 

Officials said the park will be built on a historic plot of land and plans for an observation tower pedestrian bridge and green space could cost upwards of $70 million.

Mayor Know White said companies like Synnex and Auro hotels, Michelin Foundation, Community Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation have pledged money and resources to build. 

There’s also plans for areas to walk in nature and a water feature to cool children off on hot summer days. 

At a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday the city released information saying that to date, private funding and grants awards total $6 million for the project that involves rehabilitation of a half mile stretch of the Reedy River and restoring Mayberry Park built in 1927.

The release also says the city has committed $28 million of tourism generated taxes $5 million in stormwater funds and $2.3 million in utility line burial money for the $40 million first phase of the park scheduled to open in 2021.

“This place has quite a history. it’s a history that is and always good to speak about but it’s something we need to talk about and it is to bring people together and nothing better to do that then a park. A park that’s done correctly is a wonderful way to bring people of all stratas of society i’ll kinds of people together,” Mayor Knox White said. 

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