Sometimes referred to as the ‘forgotten park’, Kings Park is a perfect choice for development of a compact Ride Garden facility within walking distance to downtown. Located just a few blocks north of East Main Street on Oak Circle, the 10 acre park has the potential to be one of three anchor recreational destinations within the proposed Pickens Easley Liberty Corridor (PELCOR).
The park will be one of the first bike parks in the state offering unique riding features designed to enhance bicycling experience through education, challenge and environmental awareness. The desire for additional ‘off-street bike paths/trails’ within the city has a large amount of community support from local residents in a recent survey regarding new bicycling facilities. The City has already installed a playground and restrooms at Kings Park.
Impact on targeted population:
- 10 acre park for local residents and visitors; part of a 3-park regional vision long term.
- Development of rider confidence and skills, beginner and advanced; regional events long term.
- Active recreation for City of Easley residents thereby improving health and community.
- Increased marketing exposure and economic development (tourism) for City of Easley and Pickens County.
Kings Park features natural sloping topography perfect for rolling trails. The perimeter trail would be about ½ mile and additional spurs and smaller loops will constitute a total 1.5 miles. The park boasts multiple creeks that join and flow through the property offering excellent opportunities for a rideable bio-swale (improved storm water treatment). There is a terrain park envisioned and a series of bridges to allow users to access and experience a larger portion of the park.
Kings Park will be a place that riders will visit again and again to work on riding skills, meet for group rides, participate in events, and volunteer for park maintenance. It will also be a place for family picnics and for a quick lunchtime break.