Pickens Easley Liberty Corridor (PELCOR) Meeting Minutes
Pickens- David Owens, Mayor of Pickens, John Darrohn, Ride Garden/Darrohn Engineering and Matt McClain of Ride Garden presented updated information about Town Creek Park. The master plan for the park was recently completed and adopted by Pickens City Council. The park is between 90 – 100 acres total. It consists of numerous features split into 5 phases. The estimated project construction cost in the plan totals to $2MM. The group was given a birdseye view of many features such as:
A Planned multi-use Greenway on the Old Appalachian Lumber Railroad Company route through the property that is about 1 mile long and 10-12 ft wide
The largest pump coaster track in the US (approx. 3700′ long)
Proposed Ride Gardens include:
- A balance beam garden to develop balance skills at various heights and difficulties
- A rock garden to ride through (possible recycled sidewalk use for armoring)
- A bio-swale that manages storm water and is a ride component as well
- A bamboo room – An elevated riding and walking trail that also provides additional bio remediation
- A boardwalk in the wetlands
- An 18 hole disc golf
- New visitors center with bicycle rentals (rehabilitation of the historic Reece Mill site into local cultural monument)
- Addition of 200 spaces for parking
- Up to 3 bridges over Town Creek including recovered trestles from the Old Appalachian Pass
David Owens reported that the financing is under development. The city plans to use a Hospitality Bond of $1.7MM to pay off the old debt on the Recreation Center and use the remainder to begin the first 2 stages of Town Creek Park, and to begin funding the City’s Main Street program. The proposal should be ready to go before Pickens City Council by January 2012. David hopes that construction of phases 1 & 2 in Town Creek Park can begin in March of 2012.
Easley – Dave Watson and Matt McClain reviewed the discussions and groundwork that has begun with the City of Easley for a possible riding facility at Kings Park. The park site is 14 acres and very sloping, which will lead it to supporting a whole different set of ride features for Easley.
Kings Park was referred to in the meeting as the forgotten park. But is has a super terrain for bicycling according to Matt of Ride Garden. The estimate for completing a master plan for the park is $6,000. In addition, the first phase to mark in the route would be an additional $4,000. Dave Watson will begin to research further the funding possibilities and his goal is to obtain $10,000 to get things started.
Liberty - Michael Sheriff reported that he has opened a dialogue with Liberty City Council about the PELCOR. He said that it is not a priority for them right now and that the City has identified a more pressing issue -The downtown redevelopment. He felt that Liberty would be in a better position to work on this late 2012 or 2013. In the meantime, the team took a look at some of the possible properties that may suit such a development. Some would require purchase by the city.
There is also a possibility of 54 acres near Commerce Park that may suit, at 123 and 178. The park could be located on an entire block of about 25 acres of this property. Michael was enthusiastic about the prospects and said he sees the Liberty City Council as harmonious and on board for the future.