DORCHESTER COUNTY - The brand new Ashley River Park is now open in Dorchester County this weekend! The unique 85 acre riverfront property offers something for all ages and abilities including trails, fishing pond, pavilion, picnic shelters, playground, splash fountain, dog parks, ropes course, climbing wall, festival lawn and kayak launch.
Pictured above is the catch and release fishing lake that features boardwalks that walk across the lake that is newly stocked with fish!
The project comes after a 2019 voter referendum in which voters approved $68 million in new parks and library projects for Dorchester County funded through new bonds and property tax increases.
Dorchester County Councilman Jay Byars said about the opening day of the park on his Facebook page:
"Today has been a great day. Hearing so many laugh, kids squealing in the splash pad, folks fishing all around the pond and boardwalks, hiking the trails on the river, and smiling. A lot. Thankful to have such a great county council and staff to work with to do the things that make our community truly special. It’s been a long time coming. And what a reward to see the joy. There are things we have to do as public servants. The basics and absolute necessities: Public safety, Infrastructure, etc. And then there are things we get to do that make our community quality of life better. This is one of the latter. Could not be more proud of the work done by so many to make this day a reality. The laughter and smiles were the reward. And those will last for decades to come."
Dorchester County Councilman David Chinnis laid out the future plans surrounding the new Ashley River Park:
“The County has also purchased 120 acres on the other side of Bacon’s bridge, just across from us that will ultimately be part of an additional portion of the park as well as a county library,” Chinnis said. “So, this is going to be a center of public activities for Dorchester County, for Summerville, honestly the Lowcountry.”
The park is located at 200 Renken Rd, Summerville, SC 29485