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TOL Parks Presentation JW 10 08

TOL Parks Presentation JW 10 08



This presentation was created to promote the Town\'s parks and to encourage donations to help support current and build future parks.

This presentation was created to promote the Town\'s parks and to encourage donations to help support current and build future parks.



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    TOL Parks Presentation JW 10 08 TOL Parks Presentation JW 10 08 Presentation Transcript

    • Lexington’s Parks
    • Currently, the Town of Lexington owns and maintains four parks:
      • Virginia Hylton Park
      • Corley Street Park
      • Gibson Pond Park
      • Palmetto Collegiate Institute
      • Under planning/construction :
      • Willie B. Caractor Park (between Hendrix St. & Grey St.)
      • Old Mill Park
    • Virginia Hylton Park
      • Playgrounds (toddler, older children’s and special needs)
      • Restroom facilities
      • Walking trail
      • Horseshoe pit
      • Koi pond
      • Creek with overlooks
      • Day Lily Garden
      • Butterfly Garden
      • Iris Garden
      • Camellia Garden
      • Covered gazebos with grills
      • Covered large stage shelter with grill, ceiling fans, lights, and electric outlets (reservations needed)
    • Corley Street Park
      • Spray Fountain (Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend)
      • Playground structure, swings, large slide
      • 2 Picnic shelters with grills
      • Restroom facilities
    • Parks Benefits to Individuals
      • Provide safe places for children to play
      • Build family unity
      • Promote relaxation & helps reduce stress
      • Increase community pride
      • Increase property value
      • Assist in reducing crime
      • Help protect the environment
      • "In my view wholesome pleasure, sport and recreation are as vital to this nation as productive work and should have a large share in the national budget." 
      • ~ Walt Disney
    • The Town of Lexington has 358 acres available for development of parks and has future plans to expand and connect parks, neighborhoods, and other amenities with sidewalks and walking/biking trails.
    • Gibson Pond Park
    • History of Gibson Pond
      • Fed by Twelve Mile Creek, the pond once was a site for gristmills, sawmills and small cotton mill
      • Formerly known as George’s Pond, the property was purchased by Murray Gibson in 1943
      • For nearly 30 years, Gibson Pond was a popular community recreational area
      • Property closed to the public in 1972
    • Amenities in Gibson Pond Park
      • Features include:
        • Fishing pond & dock (no swimming)
        • Boat ramp (no gas-powered boats)
        • Walking trails
        • Porch swings & children’s swings
        • Three Picnic shelters
          • Main, large shelter has built in BBQ pit, charcoal grills, stone fireplace, and picnic tables that seat 104 (reservations taken)
          • Two smaller shelters include charcoal grills, picnic tables and ceiling fans (no reservations taken)
    • Gibson Pond-Main Shelter
      • The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Recreational Trails Program awarded $82,818.00 on September 12, 2007 to develop an ADA compliant trail at Gibson Pond Park as well as a picnic shelter and a handicapped parking pad.
      • The trail is part of the Town’s overall Master Plan to provide interconnecting walking between communities that can be accessed by all citizens in Lexington.
      Gibson Pond Park Trail Grant
    • Palmetto Collegiate Institute
      • Historical landmark that was built in the post-bellum period after Sherman’s troops marched through South Carolina.
      • Served as a private school that was established in 1881 and closed in 1911.
      • When operating as a school, PCI was home to first through seventh grades for many Lexington children.
    • Palmetto Collegiate Institute Amenities
      • Renovated building includes historical displays, meeting space for up to 500 people and a genealogical research room.
      • Gardens are named in honor of Leonard L. Price as he generously contributed remaining $150,000 needed to complete the renovation project.
    • Willie B. Caractor Park
      • Future Town Park that is being built with generous support from private donations.
      • Park will primarily benefit underprivileged children who live in the immediately surrounding area, which is categorized as a low to moderate income area.
      • Total project equals over $200,000, but only a small amount more is needed to complete the project.
      • Great example of the Town forming private partnerships to bring wonderful things to Lexington.
    • Amenities at Caractor Park
    • Caractor Park Partners
      • Golden State Foods Foundation of Lexington
      • Lexington Medical Center
      • The First Citizens Foundation
      • The Wachovia Foundation
      • Michelin
      • First Community Bank
      • Publix Supermarkets Charities
    • How to Help
      • Make a cash donation to Caractor Park
      • Make a cash donation to one of the other Town Parks
      • Make an in-kind donation to a park project
      • Help keep our parks clean
      • "Play for grown people is recreation - the renewal of life; play for children is growth - the gaining of life."
      • ~ Joseph Lee, Father of the
      • American Playground
      • The Town of Lexington’s parks
      • are an extremely important part of
      • our community’s quality of life.
      • For more information on how
      • You can personally Support
      • Lexington’s Town’s Parks ,
      • contact Julie Anderson Washburn,
      • community & corporate coordinator,
      • at 803/358-1563 or
      • [email_address] .