County seeking trailhead grant | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 30, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 28, 2016 at 10:51 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
With one bike and pedestrian trail grant in hand, Colleton County officials are going after a second.
At the Sept. 6 meeting, Colleton County Council members approved a resolution asking the members of the Colleton County Legislative Delegation to authorize the use of $31,000 in Parks and Recreation Development (PARD) funds to develop a trail head on county-owned property in Green Pond. The county has a total of $68,629 in PARD funds available for projects within Colleton County.
The estimated cost of the project is $41,000; the county would be providing a $10,000 match.
The three-acre parcel of county land, located near the intersection of Green Pond Highway and Folly Creek Lane, will be used to provide parking for bike path users, picnic tables and benches.
The bid to obtain the PARD funding for the trailhead started after county officials received word that their request for state funding to build the first leg of the ACE Pedestrian Path was approved.
In February of this year, the county applied to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism seeking a $125,000 grant from the department’s Recreational Trails Program.
That money, combined with a local match of $25,000 from the Colleton Transportation Committee, will be used to construct the first 1.8 miles of walk- and bike-way along the path of the former CSX rail line that runs beside Green Pond Highway.
The first leg of the path will run from the trailhead to Clover Hill Road. Colleton County Planning and Development Director Phillip Slayter said the initial plans are to have the path lead users to Clover Hill Road. Then bicyclists could follow Clover Hill Road a short distance to Ritter Road. Ritter Road, Slayter explained, is part of the East Coast Greenway, a national bike route.
The next leg, when funding is secured, will take the bike-walking path to Ritter Road. Ultimately, the county would like to use the former rail line to install 13 miles of path from Green Pond to Walterboro.
After getting the funding for the next northbound leg of the ACE Pedestrian Path, Slayter said, the county might consider seeking funds to take the path south from the trailhead along Green Pond Highway, the first step in extending the path to Donnelly Plantation and then on to Bennetts Point.