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Forums planned to discuss future of West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway

West Ashley Greenway (File image/WCIV)

Forums and designs workshops are planned to discuss the future of a 10.5 mile stretch of land meant for walkers and bikers in West Ashley.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston are inviting the public to voice their opinions and ideas for forthcoming improvements to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway.

A detailed master plan is being created by the Conservancy and the city. Leaders say residents will have a chance to share their thoughts on the future of these public spaces.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming a significant public space that connects so many neighborhoods in the City of Charleston,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “We’re looking forward to working with the public on ideas and inspiration as to how we can make the West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway even more inviting.”

West Ashley Greenway & Bikeway Community Design Workshop Schedule

- Kickoff & Community Design Forum

June 4 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley

- Open Studio

June 5 and June 6 - 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (drop in anytime)

Charleston Parks Conservancy, Studio Space at 720 Magnolia Road, Suite 25, in West Ashley

- Work-in-Progress Presentation and Feedback Forum

June 7 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley

The design process also includes a public art program. Last year, the Charleston Parks Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project that would add public art activities along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. Temporary public art and arts programming will be incorporated into the master plan.

The master plan should be completed by late summer or early fall. In partnership with the City of Charleston, the Conservancy will immediately begin seeking public and private funds to complete a prioritized list of improvements.

For questions about the upcoming Community Input Workshop, call 843-724-5003 or email planning@charlestonparksconservancy.org.


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