Unity Park News

Unity Park Budget Approved

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Council members approved the Unity Park budget and sale of hospitality tax bonds for the 60-acre project on Greenville’s West Side. The bond transaction must be closed by April 16 to capitalize on extraordinarily good interest rates, twenty-year fixed at 1.71 percent. The bonds have no pre-payment penalty, allowing the City a measure of flexibility to terminate the project if conditions require such an action.

Unity Park is progressing: Here are 10 things to know going into 2020

Dec 16, 2019

Greenville's vision for Unity Park is progressing with dirt moving, businesses opening and millions of dollars raised to transform 65 acres of a flood-prone former dumping ground into a civic crown jewel. As the year comes to a close that saw public works finally demolished to clear the way for the park, the city has provided a comprehensive update on what has been accomplished so far and what to expect in the coming weeks and months. (The Greenville News)

Meet the 2019 Green Day honoree Mary Duckett

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On July 9, the Greenville Drive introduced Mary Duckett as the 2019 Green Day honoree in recognition of her decades of work in the community, including being a champion for Unity Park.

Unity Park advocate Mary Duckett to be honored by Greenville Drive on 'Green Day'

Jul 09, 2019

Each summer, the Greenville Drive baseball organization selects a pioneer in the community to honor for its annual "Green Day" celebration, and this year will be one of the city's ground-level leaders. Mary Duckett, longtime community activist in the traditionally underprivileged Southernside neighborhood, will be honored, joining the likes of former Mayor Max Heller, former S.C. Gov. Dick Riley and environmentalist Tommy Wyche. (The Greenville News)

Unity Park offers a new vision for public-private partnerships thanks to a focus on affordable housing

Jul 09, 2019

What makes Unity Park truly unique, however, is another amenity that’s not usually associated with parks: affordable housing. It’s all part of the vision for Unity Park as a space that is truly and intentionally inclusive—a park that really is for everyone. To pull that off, the city is innovating a brand-new approach to the public-private partnership, and establishing new ways of engineering inclusivity into public projects. (Greenville Business Magazine)

Michelin’s Corporate Foundation Donates $1 Million to Build ‘Michelin Green’ in Greenville’s Unity Park

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The Michelin Corporate Foundation today announced a $1 million donation to protect and restore a span of the Reedy River that runs through Greenville’s Unity Park, the largest contribution to the park project to date. As a global company committed to improving mobility for all, this investment supports Michelin’s purpose to provide a better way forward for the communities and employees where it operates.

Unity Park Anchors Equitable Development in Greenville

Aug 21, 2018

New reconciliation parks in the South — like the Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, Alabama — are explicitly designed to bring together previously-segregated communities. But the new Unity Park in Greenville, South Carolina, goes a step further: it will not only bridge communities but also actually merge two once-segregated parks. (The Dirt)

South Carolina Park Looks to Uncover and Mend City’s Segregated History

Aug 21, 2018

Plans to develop a $40 million park in an abandoned and once segregated part of the city are bringing this history to light. But the story behind Unity Park—planned to open in 2020—is also the story of how Greenville has undergone a radical transformation, all while becoming a national model for intelligent and inclusive urban planning. (Forbes)