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I thought this deserved it's own thread since construction is expected to begin soon.


Spirit Week fro Greenville and JL Mann raised $512,000 total for this project.  That is about $163 PER student for the combined student bodies.  An amazing accomplishment, IMO.


Extra kudos to Greenville High for winning the competition with nearly 300,000 raised.

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The Swamp Rabbit Facebook page says replacement of the metal grate bridge connecting Falls Park and Cleveland Park was part of the TIGER grant which we unfortunately didn't get. Don't know if that stops the project or they look for alternative funding. (My dog hates that bridge)!

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I just read the UBJ article on this and it said that they are going to start construction of some of the things in this project. Sometime early part of next year. How many of you think that this isn't going to look anything like what they're planning. Well, for me anyway, if they fix the bridge and clear the brush I'll be happy.

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The construction equipment may be related to the major sewer reconstruction project just getting underway that involves shutting down parts of Cleveland Street and the Swamp Rabbit Trail for several months, including the SRT between the Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., Memorial and the circle on Furman College Way. The future Cancer Survivors' Park is a likely and convenient place from which to stage the equipment and materials. See http://www.wspa.com/story/27764401/sewer-rehab-closes-parts-of-swamp-rabbit-trail 

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Work has started on site today with volunteer cleanup in the lower areas along the riverbank, and clearing the location of the new boardwalk beside Church St.  It will continue through the weekend.  See below for more info on volunteering:


Unique Opportunity to Help Hand Clear the

Cancer Survivors Park Site!


CSPA is partnering with United Way’s Hands on Greenville


Friday, January 16:        10am-1pm & 1pm – 4pm

Saturday, January 17:   10am-1pm & 1pm – 4pm

Sunday, January 18:       2pm – 4pm


This project involves hand-clearing approximately 3+ acres of weeds, underbrush and debris.  We will also be removing small trees and pruning trees along both sides of the Reedy. Wear protective clothing and boots.  Bring gloves, clippers, etc if available.


25 volunteers  needed each day.  Availability on a first come – first served basis. 

Great group project


The Cancer Survivors Park is located along the Swamp Rabbit Trail between Falls Park and Cleveland Park, below the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Parking for the project will be at the lower Chamber lot, meeting at Swamp Rabbit Trail at Church St. Bridge.


Sign up is necessary at www.handsongreenville.org


For more information:  CSPA Office (864) 255-5010 or visit www.cancersurvivorspark.org


VISION:     To change the way we live with cancer. 


MISSION:  To serve as a catalyst for collaborative activities that engage, educate, empower and enhance the lives of anyone touched by cancer and to ensure the sustainability of the CSP as the central venue for carrying out that mission.

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I like this use and integration of art! Spring Street will likely see the same kind of development and change in the coming years as we are currently witnessing on River Street. For example: new federal courthouse, JHM hotels, Erwin Penland, Camperdown development, etc). This art proposal will be a nice detail to tie the corridor together. Hopefully a comprehensive streetscaping plan will be in the mix.

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From the Journal:


Almost $5 million raised in $7.5 million goal

The Cancer Survivors Park slated for construction in downtown Greenville is moving closer to its fundraising goal. Initial construction on a boardwalk running from Church Street into the new park is set to begin in early May, said Kay Roper, executive director of Cancer Survivors Park Alliance.

The campaign targeting corporate and other partners has raised $4.7 million of the $7.5 million goal to date, and a public capital campaign is set to launch in June to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day, Roper said.

At a recent Greenville County Council committee meeting, Roper and Dr. Larry Gluck of the Greenville Health System’s Cancer Center encouraged council members to match the city of Greenville’s contribution of $1.2 million. Gluck said the space will attract regional visitors, but “right now the space repels,” he told council.

The nearly seven-acre park between Cleveland and Church streets behind the Greenville Chamber of Commerce will feature multiple gardens, a 2,000-square-foot building, education pavilion, bridge over the Reedy River and sculptures. It is adjacent to the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail and intended to serve as a link for Cleveland Park and Falls Park.

The park is designed for hope, healing, respite and education for all types of survivors: those who not only have survived a cancer diagnosis, but for all family members and friends who may be survivors after a loved one’s passing, according to Roper.

Volunteers are helping to clear the path for the 1,000-foot boardwalk that switchbacks down from Church Street to the park, Roper said. This will be “the first groundbreaking on the park,” she said.

As portions of the park will feature native plants, the SC Native Plant Society recently tagged plants that must be avoided during the construction of the 8-foot-wide pathway. Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) and Naturaland Trust have allowed the park to use their properties that border the river.

Artwork featured in the park will include butterfly sculptures created by Yuri Tsuzuki and a bronze by Charlie Pate Jr. Pate’s 8-by-4 sculpture, “Fear Not,” will be installed in the Children’s Garden.

Cancer Survivors Park Details
• Celebration Pavilion
• Survivorship Education Center
• Spirit Bridge
• Boardwalk and overlooksGardens & other spaces
• The Gathering Space – survivor bell and seating
• The Healing Garden and Labyrinth – healing plants and stone walking labyrinth
• The Banks of the Reedy – small space with tiered seating
• Shadow Sculpture Garden – to remind users about moving through the dark times
• The Bridge Plaza – highlighting donors
• The Children’s Garden – two-level children’s space with lion sculpture
• The Native Plant Botanical Garden – education on native plants
• The Turning Points Plaza – focus on new beginnings, growth and healing

Want to lend a hand?
In addition to donations, the Cancer Survivors Park needs volunteers for site clearing and other tasks.

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