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UNITY PARK
you don't see that brings the biggest
sense of accomplishment, " says
Waters. " We created a state-of-theart
drainage system to reduce excess
runoff, remove pollutants and help
mitigate flooding. "
Along with environmental protection,
connectivity was a critical
component of the park's design.
Since the park straddles the Reedy
River, there were opportunities to
provide
connectivity through an
extension of the Swamp Rabbit
Trail on the north side of the river
and the addition of three unique
pedestrian bridges. A network of
five looped walking trails totaling
2.5 miles also was added.
A trail named for Elias Holloway
connects the Southernside neighborhood
to the park, creating a safe entry
for pedestrians and cyclists. The
trail features a structure with wind
chimes and interpretive panels, providing
park visitors the opportunity
to learn about the history of the park
and the people who envisioned it.
The Prisma Health Welcome Center,
a 10,000-square-foot facility, sits
adjacent to The Commons at the
very center of Unity Park. The center
includes restrooms, gallery space,
a first-aid station and flexible event
space, which can be reserved for private
and community gatherings. Visitors
can relax outside on the wraparound
porch and enjoy views of the
Reedy River and the Swamp Rabbit
Trail that run alongside.
The park's most anticipated feature,
the Greenville Water Splash
Pad, is a 5,000-square-foot deck
featuring 39 jet heads and two spray
zones - one for small children with
smaller spray patterns, and a big
kid zone with a spray pattern up to
six feet in height. The splash deck
is surrounded by a flagstone perimeter
and a row of boulders, as well
as curved wooden benches where
parents can watch the fun.
The splash pad is just one of Unity
Park's four state-of-the-art playgrounds,
which were designed for
children of all ages and abilities. The
30,400-square-foot TD SYNNEX
Playground for children ages 5 to
12 is about the size of three-and-ahalf
tennis courts and features several
slides, rope climbing structures,
boulder scrambles, balance logs
and beams, and two lookout towers
modeled after the old Southern
Railway Train Station.
The 13,200-square-foot Donovan
Playground features equipment
designed for children ages 2 to 5
with musical components, natural
wood play elements and four bucket
swings - two with harnesses. The
surface of the toddler play zone is
artificial turf with a poured-in-place
rubber
ribbon
pathway
circulating
through the area. The artificial
turf meets both fall safety ratings
and Americans with
Disabilities
Act accessibility standards. The
9,400-square-foot Ann Watson
Trotter Memorial Garden equals
the size of two basketball courts
and includes swings, several natural
play elements, a climbing wall and
a storytelling circle. Natural wooden
benches are placed strategically
throughout.
The play area is highlighted by
three large artificial turf-covered
hills. The mounds were created
with compacted earth, then covered
with four inches of shotcrete.
The final surface of the mounds
was created using drainage matting
underneath the artificial turf play
surface. The mounds offer lookout
towers and six slides, along with
climbing ropes and a log " forest "
on one mound, allowing children to
push and pull themselves to the top.
With the artificial turf on all sides,
the mounds themselves provide
imaginative play opportunities, inAlong
with environmental protection,
connectivity was a critical component of
the park's design.
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