Year-long Colonial Lake improvement project begins Monday

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 at 11:15 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:01 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the next year, Colonial Lake will be closed as crews work on a much anticipated renovation project.

The $4 million improvement project will begin Monday. That's when the contractor, Wildwood Landscape Contractors, will begin the initial stages of work by installing fencing, tree protection and much more.

This is a joint effort by the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy raised $1 million for the effort. with the city adding $4 million.

Harry Lesesne, with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, says this is the biggest single amount of private funding that's ever gone to a park project in the city of Charleston.

The key components with the project include:

  • A new water supply system that will be more consistent with the water quality in the Ashley River
  • New gardens
  • More benches
  • Crews will be narrowing Rutledge and Ashley avenues to add new space to park.

From funding issues to engineering/design problems, the City has had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get this off the ground. In fact, Lesesne says it's been in the works for more than six years.

Lesesne says the hope is to have the park complete before January 2016. Until then, people will have to use other nearby parks like Cannon Park and Moultrie Playground.

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