The park will connect a network of properties, owned by public and private partners, along 70 miles of riverfront on the Black River — a free-flowing Coastal Plain river bordered by largely untouched and undiminished natural landscapes of forests or farmlands.
With various access points physically separated along the river, this park will be the first of its kind in SC’s 47 state parks.
The Black River provides drinking water for thousands, while it’s forests and vegetation create a critical floodplain to protect surrounding businesses and homes from flooding. It has also served as a local favorite fishing hole for generations of anglers.
The public engagement phase of a year-long master planning process has launched to help guarantee that the vision for the new state park meets the access + recreational needs of the communities along the river and creates nature-based tourism opportunities to boost the local economy.
With input collected during the master planning process, each trail stop may offer various recreation activities and amenities — from primitive campgrounds to picnic shelters, restrooms, hiking trails + parking.
What’s next? The report + master plan will be finalized this December. Construction + development are expected to take a few years. Progress will be shared on the evolving Story Map. 🗺️
Are you interested in visiting the new state park once it is complete?
Biz ○ ImpactHub CHS— a commerce platform which allows residents to buy local products + services with a percentage of the money remaining in the local economy— has been created by 4 College of Charleston students. Teaming up with 2 local businessmen, the students hope the project will increase e-commerce in the city. 💻 (The Post and Courier)
Cause ○ As Charleston County School District is out on spring break this week, several Lowcountry establishments are offering free lunches to students. Check out the list of participating locations. 🌭 (WCBD)
Announced ○ Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA has officially announced its 45th season — May 28 to June 13— with a return to in-person music, dance + theater performances. Tickets go on sale Tues., April 13 at 10 a.m. 🎷
Drink ○ Island Brands, one of Charleston’s most popular beer labels, made sales in 6,000+ stores last year and will soon be sold on all Carnival Cruise Line ships. As the local brand continues to grow, it plans to compete with the big names like CoorsandBudweiser. Find out what’s next for the company here. 🍻 (The Post and Courier)
Dish ○ Catch Jeremy Weiss + his Tacos de la Bahia pop-up at Cutty’s every Monday night this month. This California-native started by selling takeout tacos locally via Instagram, but his West Coast eats have quickly demanded a more semi-permanent location. 🌮 (Charleston City Paper)
Charlestonian ○Quintin Washington, host of “Quintin’s Close-Ups,” recently recorded his 2000th interview. Since 2012, Washington has sat down to talk with everyone from chefs to politicians, highlighting the newsworthy men + women that make Charleston so interesting. 🎙 (Charleston City Paper)
Civic ○ The Isle of Palms parking meters are out of commission this week after numerous beachgoers discovered that they had been overcharged for parking last weekend. The police department will issue refunds while the meter system’s software undergoes repairs. 🚘 (WCSC)
Trending ○ St. Augustine church located in St. Augustine, Florida — also known as the oldest city in America — has traced its rootsto Charleston. Trinity Parish — the oldest Protestant church in the city — is one of many churches in St. Augustine that can trace their origins back to the Holy City. ⛪ (WCIV)
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The otter brothers join 17 and 18-year-old Ace + Stono, who are the aquarium’s other resident male otters.
In case you are wondering, the new otters have not been named yet, but the aquarium is looking for the community to help with the process. Keep your eyes peeled on the aquarium’s social media channels for a link to vote on your favorite names for this otter duo.
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ForKids ○ Spring Break Camp| Tues., Apr. 6-Thurs., Apr. 8 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Dr. | $30+ | Children can sign up for individual days or the entire week. 🏕️ ○ Convey Khouri Spring Break Clinic| Mon., Apr. 5-Fri., Apr. 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Daniel Island Soccer Academy, Oak Leaf St. | $60/day, $150/week | Get your little athlete up + moving with this spring break soccer clinic. ⚽ ○ Spring Camp 2021| Mon., Apr. 5-Fri., Apr. 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Craft & Canvas, 4412 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | $50+ | Kids can tap into their creative sides with this arts + crafts spring break camp. 🎨
TryThis ○ Animals in Bas-Relief with Rod Zullo| Mon., Apr. 5-Fri., Apr. 9 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet | $650+ | Students will learn to model an animal bas-relief in clay, then will make a mold and will cast it in a resin material. 🐾
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