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Dorchester County converts planned neighborhoods into parks

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In 2010, Dorchester County voters approved a referendum giving the county council  the green light to spend $5,000,000 on green space development and preservation.

By September 2011, Rosebrock Park opened with picnic space and nearly two and half miles of trails.

Developers want to eventually connect the park to the under construction Ashley River Park.

"It's trying to get people who live in subdivisions to understand why this place is special," Councilman Jay Byars explained.  

Byars said the 83 acre plot that will soon be Ashley River Park was supposed to be a neighborhood until   the developer went out of business. The county bought the land with trails, a dock on the Ashley River, a pond, and gazebo.

The park will be a passive park which means it won't include athletic fields. Byars expects visitors to camp, fish, and canoe at the park.

"It's important to have recreation for our kids," Byars explained. "It's also important to be able to come to the park and enjoy the river, fish in the pond."

Byars expects the park to officially open in Spring 2014.

The county also owns 250 acres known as Pine Trace. Eventually Byars expects the plot will be developed into athletic fields. Plans are also underway for a tract in St George.

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