DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County leaders expect construction on the new Ashley River Park to be complete within six months.
The new park will sit along Bacons Bridge Road about a mile from Dorchester Road.
Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jay Byars said having more outdoor recreation space and opportunities has been a goal of the county for years. The desire for more outdoor space, he says, has only grown during the pandemic.
Byars says the new Ashley River Park will be the first park of its kind for the county.
“This is the first park for Dorchester County that really is truly is an active and passive park,” he said.
It will have a dog park, playgrounds, an open grass area for community events, festivals and small concerts, and a 6-acre stocked fishing pond. The dock on that pond is currently being put in.
Ashley River Park will also have hiking and walking trails, with certain areas running right along the Ashley River.
Byars says the new park will offer a ropes course, climbing wall, and an outfitter building where people can rent equipment.
“And we feel like this is basically the cornerstone from what we will build our house on going forward,” Byars said. “This won’t be the last park we’ll build, but it’s going to be the flagship per se.”
Byars said Dorchester County having its own park means its residents won’t have to drive to Mount Pleasant, Charleston, or James island for a park.
Byars said he hopes the park will open in early July, but that is weather-dependent. But even if the pandemic means the county won’t yet be able to host events during the summer because of crowds, they still plan to open the walking trails and fishing pond.