Friends of Whitehall Park

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County Has Acquired Whitehall

Beaufort County has acquired Whitehall Park!

Now the work begins for building a Park.

A Steering Committee has been formed to help direct the design, use and construction of the park, consisting of:

-Beaufort County

-City of Beaufort

-Whitehall Development Group

-Beaufort County Open Land Trust

-Friends of Whitehall Park


More details will be coming shortly.

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Newsletter #2 November 17, 2018


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A lot has happened!!


.......and there is much to report. We’re trying a new format….would love your reaction and suggestions.
Exciting days are ahead and we thank you again for all of your support!
Friends of Whitehall Park


Park Update
 The 10 acre park is now owned by Beaufort County! Thanks to ALL for the support and hard work! This has truly been a team and community effort. This was an incredible effort by community, government and the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, spearheaded by Barbara Holmes.

A Steering Committee with representatives from the County, City, Open Land Trust, Whitehall Development Group (Developer) and Friends of Whitehall Park. This structure will provide an excellent opportunity for good communication.

Initial park plans are being drafted and will be reviewed by the steering committee. 

At least one public meeting will be held to provide for input before plans are finalized.

It’s still too early to say when the park will be opened, but that information will be shared as soon as it is available.


Our Perspective
A few short months ago, in August, we formed Friends of Whitehall Park, to raise public awareness for a potential park. At the same time, we established a "Change" petition asking City and County leaders to consider purchase of the Park. Nearly 6000 people signed the petition within an amazingly short 8 weeks. We listened when you voiced your opinion through social media, and by your attendance in the many City and County meetings. Your support made ALL of the difference.
The Open Land Trust and Rural and Critical Fund worked hard to make certain that the land was protected from future development in perpetuity! What an achievement!
We now have a park and we still have many, many interested people who want to help the park reach its full potential. The City, County, Open Land Trust, the Developer and Friends of Whitehall Park are all working together for the same goal....a wonderful park that we can preserve for the future. 
And yet we ask for your help once again...if you can find a way to help us create the gateway, an entryway...a signature pathway into the park through the connector causeway you see in the pictures below. 
If you can make a tax deductible contribution to this effort and to help us continue our work efforts on your behalf, it will be much appreciated.
You can donate on line using a credit card at:
DonateToWhitehall.com or you could mail a contribution to: 

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry 
C/O Whitehall Park
Post Office Box 23019 
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Thanks for your continued support and help!Paul Butare



Causeway Project

The causeway connecting the Woods Bridge to the park provides an opportunity to develop a unique and special "Gateway" to the park. 
The Friends of Whitehall Park are initiating a project to “Adopt the Causeway” which connects the park to the planned bridge connector. While details need to be ironed out, the project may involve walkways, trees and landscaping, with a goal of having a stunning and unique entryway to Whitehall Park. Phase 1 of this effort has a fundraising goal of $100,000.


We are pleased and excited to announce that our first  Platinum Live Oak Partner has made a contribution.
Bonny and Doug Carmody have made a very generous contribution to the Friends and to the causeway effort.Thank you Bonny and Doug!
Please join them by donating at:
www.DonateToWhitehall.com
Video of causeway as it exists today....we can make it even more beautiful!
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWhitehallPark/videos/2733555416870386/


The mission of the Friends of Whitehall Park Fund is to sustain a collaborative effort between Beaufort County, South Carolina residents and visitors which provides support for the preservation of natural resources and maintenance of Whitehall Park for community enjoyment and use for generations to come. This will be accomplished through volunteerism, partnerships, fund raising, and direct sponsorship.


Community Foundation
We’ve teamed up with Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)(3) local organization serving the SC Lowcountry area since 1994, to establish the Friends of Whitehall Park Fund.  This relationship allows the Friends to accept tax-deductible donations, take advantage of significant infrastructure and administrative support services provided by through this partnership, and most importantly, allows Friends to focus on assisting in the creation of the park, maintaining the park and allows contributions to be made to enhance the park.
 

Volunteers
We are in need of assistance in the following areas:

Web page maintenance and enhancement
Volunteer organization and communications
Fund raising activities

If you can help us, 
Please contact us at:
Friendsofwhitehallpark@gmail.com
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Communications

For more current information:
Please visit our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWhitehallPark
and our website www.friendsofwhitehallpark.com
If you wish to donate:
Www.DonateToWhitehall.com

Our plan is to release a newsletter update about once a month, or when there are significant activities to report.
If you know someone interested in being on our mailing list please send them to
www.friendsofwhitehallpark.com/subscribe




Our Mission

Our mission

The mission of the Friends of Whitehall Park Fund is to sustain a collaborative effort between Beaufort, South Carolina residents and visitors which provides support for the preservation of natural resources and maintenance of Whitehall Park for community enjoyment and use for generations to come. This will be accomplished through volunteerism, partnerships, fund raising, and direct sponsorship.

Volunteers needed

Fund Raising

We need some experienced volunteers in fund raising. Please contact us at FriendsofWhitehallpark@gmail.com if you have an interest.

Newsletter

Can you help with creating a  newsletter? Contact us at friendsofwhitehallpark@gmail.com

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Why Whitehall Park?

Nature

The park has magnificent Ancient Live Oaks in a setting abutting water and scenic marsh views


Nearby Facilities

The balance of the development will include shops and restaurants within the Whitehall property outside the park.

Improved environmental impact

The park plan reduces the density of the project and eliminates scores of residences. That could reduce the traffic by hundreds of cars a day as compared to the current approved plan.

About Us

What is our objective

We are a community-based organization focused on helping to make Whitehall Park a reality and to make it a special place for our entire community.


How can you help?

-Subscribe to our newsletter

-Join one of our subcommittees:

    -Landscaping

    -Volunteers

    -Web Page

    -Newsletter






Who are we?

 We're a group of  interested citizens hoping to help make Whitehall Park a reality, and to provide ongoing support for the park.


We intend to complement and supplement other local organizations. Our mission is confined to one objective...Whitehall Park.



Our Board

Paul Butare
Dr. Caroline Fermin
Dr. Trudi Kissiah
Kathy Mixon
Pat Harvey-Palmer 
Robert Semmler
Mark Weeks


Advisory Board:

Paul Sommerville, County Council

Barbara Holmes, BCOLT



Open land trust announcement

Here's the Press release from the open land trust

Open Land Trust Announcement

Article in the Gazette

  Article on Whitehall 

Gazette 7/28/2019

https://www.facebook.com/206335966707148/videos/207322419941836/

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Contact Us

Find out more ways to help! https://www.facebook.com/Friends-Of-Whitehall-Park

Visit our Facebook page for the most current information.


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