People 2 Parks
We are proud to share the “People 2 Parks” Plan (P2P) – our countywide bike and pedestrian plan. If implemented, the proposed projects would provide the following:
- Connections from Neighborhoods to Parks
- Connections from Schools to Parks
- Connections from Parks to Parks
- A minimum of two “spine” greenways — one north-south, one east-west — to which future trail projects can be connected
- A network of trails among existing infrastructure, while providing a “road map” for future bike and pedestrian improvement projects
The countywide trails plan has been a collaborative effort between CCPRC, Charleston County, Charleston Moves, and the various local, state, and regional stakeholders listed below. The public input portion of the plan received over 3,000 responses, with the vast majority of respondents in favor of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Alta Planning, CCPRC’s consultants on the project, integrated objective-design considerations such as existing right of way, proximity to green space and schools, etc., per Charleston County’s standard design criteria, with extensive public feedback to prioritize the planned routes. A Steering Committee comprised of the City of Charleston, the City of North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, SCDOT, BCD COG, and Charleston Moves determined that the two spines – one running east-west and one running north-south – would be critical for stitching together communities throughout our region.
Coordinating Partners & Steering Committee
This list does not intentionally exclude certain entities, but reflects which parties were able to meet the times/dates of coordination meetings.
Town of Awendaw
City of Charleston*
Town of Hollywood
Town of James Island
Town of Mount Pleasant*
City of North Charleston*
Town of Ravenel
Town of Summerville**
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments*
Charleston County Transportation Development*
SC Department of Natural Resources
SC Department of Transportation*
US Forest Service
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
East Cooper Land Trust
Edisto Island Open Land Trust
Lowcountry Open Land Trust
The Nature Conservancy
**Non-Charleston County Representation
Parks for Tomorrow
Based on the public and stakeholder input received throughout the planning process, the following guiding principles were identified to provide a framework for parks and recreation within our agency:
- Parks and recreation opportunities are provided to promote healthy active lifestyles and connect people to nature.
- Management and protection of historically or culturally significant resources, land acquisition and environmental stewardship are core services.
- Engage the community in planning decisions.
- Environmental, social, and financial sustainability guides planning and operations.
- Provide park facilities within a 15-minute drive time or less to every resident.
- Priorities include providing recreation programs and services for all age groups; connectivity and development of hiking/biking trails and greenways; more water and beach access; improve or expand existing park facilities; and develop new parks on recently acquired lands.