CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A new park is coming to West Ashley.

“This park has the ability to connect those different parts of the community with everybody who lives along the Greenway, that’s really the greatest asset of having this facility where it is,” said Matt Moldenhauer, senior planner for Charleston County Parks and Recreation.

It’ll be called the Stono River County Park. The entrance will be just off of Main Road. 

Construction is set to begin by October. It’s being done in two phases.

“Phase one, which we’re starting now, includes the mainland improvements, so that’s the asphalt trail, that’s the restroom facility, that’s the parking lot,” Moldenhauer said.

Phase two construction will begin immediately after phase one is complete. Phase two includes a one thousand foot boardwalk. It’s an 85 acre site, all of it donated to the County.

“This site was actually donated to us by Mike and Jenny Messner and Paul and Betsy Shiverick in 2012. Since then we’ve received a $500,000 grant from the Speedwell Foundation.

With all the park is envisioned to include, planners are hopeful the park will help bring people and nature together.

“We understand that both trails and water access are two of the most unmet recreation needs in our area. This park provides both. While it doesn’t provide direct physical access to the Stono River, it provides probably the best views of the Stono River,” Moldenhauer said.

The park is expected to be complete by summer of 2019.