West Ashley Park construction on track after delays

VIDEO: West Ashley Park construction on track after delays

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Plans for a West Ashley waterfront park included an opening to the public for this month, but construction has yet to begin.

Charleston Director of Parks Jason Kronsberg said the pandemic delayed plans for what would originally be called the Bender Street Park. But Kronsberg said everything is now back on track and the project just received final approval for funding this week.

The park, which is now being called the Carr-Richardson Park, will be built at the end of Bender Street.

Plans include walkways, picnic shelters and community buildings with views of the West Ashley River, the Ravenel Bridge and even The Citadel.

The property where the park will lie is vacant, waterfront land the city owns.

Kronsberg said the city is always looking for ways to give everyone in the community access to the beautiful views the Lowcountry has to offer.

“These edge conditions where the marsh meets the land are ecologically the most diverse places on earth.” he said. “And consequently, they are the most valuable. So they’re not always obtainable to every segment of the population.”

When the plans were put on hold, Kronsberg said the city looked to both limit spending and find the best possible bids from contractors in the area. This week the council approved the design and its nearly $2 million budget.

Kronsberg says construction could start in January or February and will take about one year to complete.

He said the city’s goal is to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony by this time next year.

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