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Plans to build a park near Limehouse Bridge takes step forward

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The effort to build a park near the Limehouse Bridge is a multi-step process, according to CCPRC planning director Julie Hensley, that will take a big step forward Wednesday evening.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will host the first, of two public meetings, to seek input in the future of the property that spans 85.5 acres. It sits along the bank of the Stono River, tucked between West Ashley and Johns Island.

The hope is that it will become a trail-head for the West Ashley Greenway and an access point on the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail.

The tract includes 25.3 acres of highland, 48 acres of marsh and a 12.2-acre marsh island.

The property was donated to CCPRC in December of 2012. Right now, the funding to support the park has not been allocated.

Officials feel the meeting is a good opportunity for people to share their thoughts and opinions as this process moves forward. Hensley said, although there hasn't been a lot of objection with this potential project, some want to keep the land as natural as possible.

Wednesday's meeting will be followed by a second public forum, in the coming months. Then, a conceptual plan will be developed. Hensley said the master plan for the project will be completed in the fall.

Tuesday's meeting will be held in the cafeteria of West Ashley High School. It will go from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Results from the ecological analysis will be shared at 6:45 p.m.

It is open to the public.

A survey will be handed out concerning the future of the project. Click HERE to see the questions.

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