Corporate and private gifts play an integral role in jump-starting a more robust park, trail, and recreation system in Dorchester County. Please contact us to start a discussion on how you or your corporation’s gift can be tailored to support specific short and long term projects.  Established project categories are listed below.

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Ashley River Park
Ashley River Park is currently Dorchester County’s primary focus for development in the lower region.  The property’s attributes will make it a unique piece of the county park system.  It boasts nearly a mile of Ashley Scenic River frontage, a six-acre fishing pond, protected high-quality wetlands, and room for miles of trails right in the heart of a populated and growing area.  Planning and Phase I design is underway.  Gift and sponsorship opportunities include: playground, shelters, fishing structures, dog park, spray fountain, pedestrian bridge to connect to Rosebrock Park, and more!  Click on this link to view the current Ashley River Park Conceptual Plan.

Courthouse Park
Upon opening in 2017, the Courthouse Park in Saint George will immediately begin to address a strong demand for basic park and recreation facilities in the upper region of Dorchester County.  A true multiuse park, the facility will mix a variety of sports fields and courts with event spaces, paved walking trails, and a playground.  Planning and design are currently underway with construction expected to begin in early 2017.  Gift and sponsorship opportunities include: playground, community pavilion, trail, spray fountain, outdoor exercise gym, fields, courts, and more!  Click on this link to view the Courthouse Park Conceptual Plan.

Pine Trace Natural Area
Located off of Miles Jamison Road in a densely populated portion of eastern Dorchester County, Pine Trace Natural Area will offer an oasis of 300+ acres of mature hardwood forest.  Largely passive in nature, features will include extensive hiking trails, a connection to the future Eagle-Chandler Multiuse Trail, 18-hole disc golf course, pond-side picnic shelters and outdoor classroom, and a large dog park.  Gift and sponsorship opportunities include shelters, outdoor classroom, disc golf course holes, and the dog park.  Click on this link to view the Pine Trace Natural Area Conceptual Plan.

Multiple studies and public feedback have shown development of new multiuse trails and bike and pedestrian infrastructure to be a very high priority among Dorchester County residents.  The Sawmill Branch Trail in Summerville has seen tremendous success in recent years and we have a list of projects primed and ready build on this momentum!  Much grant funding is available for such projects, but always requires a local match.  Talk with us to learn more about how you can become a trail champion through provision of matching funds!