COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) — The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has awarded $350,000 in federal grants for recreational trails in the Lowcountry.
The prizes were a portion of the $1.2 million awarded statewide through the federal recreational trails program.
“We are thrilled to see nearly $1.2 million heading to South Carolina to support trail projects across the state,” said SCPRT Director Duane Parrish. “These dollars will go towards creating new trails and improving existing trails, helping improve the quality of life for locals and helping to attract more visitors – and the tourism dollars they bring – to these areas. . Outdoor recreation has been booming since 2020, making it a great time to invest in these essential green spaces and recreation areas.
The four winning projects in the Lowcountry include three $100,000 grants for the Summerville Preserve in Summerville, Hamlin Trails in Mount Pleasant and the creation of a citywide trail in Edisto Beach.
“Edisto Beach has experienced record growth over the past decade, with our census population nearly tripling and our tourism market exploding,” said Edisto Beach Mayor Crawford Moore. “Awarding this grant allows our city to partner with the state to ensure these much-needed recreational assets, which are cherished by our residents and visitors, are provided.”
The agency also provided a $50,000 grant to the Francis Marion National Forest for the Wambaw Bike Trail Improvement Project.
In total, the agency says 35 projects were submitted and evaluated based on the resources already available for the project and the ability to sustain the projects, among other criteria.
Other funded projects include:
- Pedestrian bridge project over the Saluda River in western Colombia
- Improvements to access to the Saluda River and Riverwalk in Colombia
- Green Crescent Trail in Clemson
- Gap Creek Crossing, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
- A Better Balance: Bringing Mountain Biking Back to CNP in Conestee Nature Reserve
- Gilder Creek Multi-Use Trail in Mauldin
- The Sanctuary Phase 1, Jason Griffin Racing Foundation
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