Q: Is the Park open?
A: YES!!! From dawn to dusk.
Q: What is the park status?
Wood and Partners has been selected as the contractor for the park design.
http://www.woodandpartners.com. They have worked on many projects in the Lowcountry
-A kick off meeting has been held in December to officially start the project -WPI are reviewing documents, and will start the plan development shortly -It is anticipated that a survey will be developed and distributed for ideas and suggestions during the late 1st quarter
-The first public stakeholder workshop is anticipated in the late 1st quarter…details forthcoming
-The park may be closed during construction and
As new details are developed we will post on our Facebook page, this website and via our mailing list and at the County Passive Parks website here
A: Per the County website:
Beaufort County is collaborating with the City of Beaufort, the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, and the Friends of Whitehall Park on the creation of a conceptual master plan for public access and passive recreation.
Beginning in January 2021, the City of Beaufort will provide maintenance of the property, as per the terms of the lease agreement. The Friends of Whitehall Park also work closely with the County and the City on volunteer activities and fundraisers.
Immediate property improvements include periodic mowing, solid waste/debris removal, and a temporary entrance sign. Additional park access and recreation information will be coming in the future. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available, and thank you for your patience!
Q. What is the status of the Bridge Connector to Beaufort?
A: The project is underway and in the design and permitting stage.
Q: Where can I park?
A: For the moment, park where you can safely place your vehicle. In the near future parking will be designated.
Q:What about the lawsuit?
A:The lawsuit has no impact on our ownership. The citizens of Beaufort County own the park...PERPETUALLY! Our nearly 10 acres are protected. The lawsuit has no impact on our ownership.
Q: Will the park be improved?
A: The park will be preserved as a PASSIVE Park and will preserve its natural beauty. A master plan is being developed which will include things such as parking, trails, benches and swings. Stay tuned.
Q: How can I make suggestions about the Park?
Q: Will there be a traffic light at the entrance or at Meridian Road?
A: We don't know the answer at this point. The SC Department of Transportation controls all signaling and access points to State roads including US 21. As part of the comprehensive Stantec traffic report, the State and the County are evaluating all traffic related issues and Meridian Road will be part of that review.
Q:What is the conservation easement?
A:-The conservation easement (certain property rights owned forever) is held by the Beaufort County Open Land Trust:
-The Conservation Easement is permanent on the property.
- The conservation easement stays in place - the property is protected forever.
-Significant restrictions are placed on this property preventing development and restricting the square footage of buildings to extremely small levels.
-Impermeable materials such as roofs, asphalt roads and concrete are limited to approximately 2.5% of the property and will be further limited primarily to locations away from the water.
Q What are some benefits to the environment of the park vs development?
- Little change from current, natural state
- Saves ancient live oak trees
- Permeable trails and parking
-Water runoff virtually eliminated
-Removes impermeable roadways within park
-Fill is not required for roads
-Trees will not be "welled" due to raised property levels due to fill
-Minimal tree root disturbance
-Eliminates underground cisterns in park.
Q: How can I ask more questions?
A: Email us at: FriendsofWhitehallPark@gmail.com and we will get back to you.
Q: Who are members of the Board of Friends of Whitehall Park?
Paul Butare, Chairman
Dr. Caroline Fermin
Dr. Trudi Kissiah
Q: How can I subscribe to the newsletter?
A: Click on the heading above "Subscribe"
Q: Is there an opportunity to contribute to the Friends?
A: Yes! you may make tax deductible contributions to our 501c3 fund The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.