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Colleton Park upgrades complete

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By Heather Reynolds

Colleton State Park has completed more than $50,000 in upgrades.
The park received a $50,000 Heritage Corridor Grant at the end of 2015, marking the culmination of a more than 10-year-old plan to upgrade the park’s river access and camp sites.
“We wanted to put in a concrete walkway all the way to the river front and the steps down there are concrete…we put in 19 pallets of sod,” said park Manager Eugene Moore. Moore created the plan for most of the renovations. According to him, the new upgrades include adding handicapped parking with a separate ramp for golf cart access, so that anyone who is handicapped or elderly can easily access the side river. Wishing to include everyone in the enjoyment of the river, Moore said, “this makes it easier for someone who might want to come and enjoy their grandkids and now they can.”
Along with the other renovations Moore added, “We also have a new camper cabin that we rent out almost every weekend.” In a previous article in The Colletonian about the park’s renovations

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, Dawn Dawson, director of the S.C. State Parks Service, said the cabin is “the best deal in the state, asfar as I’m concerned. The average rates are $30 a night and it sleeps six,” she said. “We wanted to make it something the public can use.”
The park boasts picnic tables throughout, restroom facilities, picnic shelters, and a playground. The amenities of the park make a day at the river more convenient.
“We now have a shower tower at the top of the hill so that when people come out of the river they can rinse off,” said Moore.
The last of the park’s upgrades include adding new benches near the side river.
The updates are already being enjoyed by many, Moore said.
“As far as more improvements in the future, we are looking forward to improving the erosion of the shoreline when we have more funding available,” he said. According to him, flooding that occurred in late 2015 and earlier this year helped to destroyed the park’s previous wooden steps. Those have since been replaced as part of the park’s upgrades. That flooding also contributed to the erosion of the river bank, which is still on the agenda for repair, he said.
Colleton State Park is located just north of Canadys crossroads, off of Highway 15.
For more information on Colleton State Park, visit www.southcarolinaparks.com/colleton.

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