Crane Creek communities getting neighborhood park December 18, 2013 

A park rendering.

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    What: Groundbreaking ceremony for the Crane Creek Pedestrian Park and Nature Center

    When: Noon on Thursday

    Where: Walter Hills Road at Crane Church Road

    For more information, call neighborhood planner Tiaa Rutherford at (803) 576-2166.

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday marks development of a new neighborhood park in northern Richland County with a walking path and garden.

Corley Construction Co. of Irmo submitted the winning bid of $471,000 to build the park, which neighborhood planner Tiaa Rutherford said Wednesday should be open by spring.

Development of the 2.6-acre park was the top project to come out of the county’s 2010 study of the Crane Creek communities, said Councilman Torrey Rush, who represents the area. The park will serve the Crane Creek neighborhoods, off Fairfield Road beyond I-20.

The walking trail, made of recycled rubber, will be a quarter-mile long and illuminated with 51 lighting bollards to improve safety after dark, county spokesman Tige Watts said. The park will have benches, five picnic shelters with grills and a nature center to accommodate 30 people.

The entrance will be marked by brick work and landscaping on Walter Hills Road, just off Crane Church Road, he said.

Lee Edens, who has lived in Lincolnshire for 44 years, said he’ll use the path on pretty days.

Edens works out twice a week for good health, using a new Richland County Recreation Commission gymnasium next door.

He said the gym and park, taken together, represent great strides for his community. “This area had absolutely nothing, so it’s been a fight over the years to get upper Richland County in sync with the rest of the county,” he said.

Other neighborhoods nearby include Bookert Heights, Crane Crossing, Crane Forest, Haskell Heights, Pine Forest and Rockgate.

The park will be funded by a dedicated account of $1.8 million in property tax revenues County Council has set aside each year since 2004 for neighborhood redevelopment.

Rutherford said the property for the park was purchased for $30,000 from Zion Chapel Baptist Church #1 on Walter Hills Road.

The park has not yet been named, she said.

Said Rush: “Reinvesting and improving our communities are essential in creating a viable county that we can all be proud of, and this project represents that.”

Reach Hinshaw at (803) 771-8641.

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