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I was excited about everything that had previously been presented about this park. Now, I'm blown away. This sounds very well thought out and I'm glad to see how diverse the uses will be. 

The observation tower sounds potentially really awesome! Hopefully its final design will be as iconic as envisioned and we'll have an awesome landmark. The smokestack-like gesture of the tower seems appropriate for Greenville's west side. 

Has the City done extensive rezoning and master planning for the land surrounding the park? I don't think I've seen anything significant on this end yet. 

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The most exciting and impressive part of the park's development for me will be the Reedy River reclamation. The River Restoration presentation by MKSK that is presented in the Greenville Journal's article is really interesting (with exposed bedrock and addition of significant trees)  and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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This is awesome...some questions come to mind concerning pedestrian management and security situations for the tower. I'm sure this and all concerns will be answered in time. This could be Greenville's version of a Central Park...

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Very exciting.  I think the "gathering hall" is sorely needed.  Currently, if an event isn't big enough to close mainstreet, there really isn't a good event space in Downtown.  Fluor Field has been used, but it really isn't ideal.  

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16 hours ago, chuckyvt said:

Very exciting.  I think the "gathering hall" is sorely needed.  Currently, if an event isn't big enough to close mainstreet, there really isn't a good event space in Downtown.  Fluor Field has been used, but it really isn't ideal.  

Can't agree more. A very large and open public gathering space is vital for the civic health of a city. 

Concerts, plays, festivals, speeches, rallies, races (bike and running), and debates. Falls Park and Cleveland Park are not big enough for these events.  Hopefully the gathering hall will be large and adjacent to acres of open space (and with plenty of public restrooms).  For me, this is the biggest possible added value of the new park. 

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Just weighing in, but I am LOVING what I am see here. Greenville has done a fantastic job with its parks over the past couple of decades. Cleveland has always been a nice park and Falls is absolutely first rate. We all know what the Swamp Rabbit has done, though not a park, it is a public trail that is similar in effect. Conestee is a very nice destination park as well. They are going to redo McPherson park, which a nice niche pocket park, and the Cancer Survivors park looks to be first class as well. And now Unity Park looks fantastic! I love the intent to continue utilizing  the river, and the observation tower looks awesome. LOVE the renderings, bravo leaders!

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Very excited about this.  The tower is a must to ensure this is a destination park that draws visitors in along with the events at the gathering hall.  The tweaks from the past proposal are spot on in my opinion.  The park is something to look forward to now, the playgrounds are much improved, and it adds to Falls Park and Cleveland Park  without taking anything away.  Really great job, all three parks will be must see destinations for locals and visitors.  very pleased, a "hit out of the park" haha.

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I only had time to scan the articles on it. I agree with all that this is impressive, but a question: is this the first phase of a larger 160 acre park, or has the whole thing been scaled down to 60, or was it always going to be 60?

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160 acres MAY, repeat MAY, refer to the park and the outlying areas that are or will be owned by the city but sold for development.

One of the articles quoted Mayor White as saying another30 acres will likely be purchased in the near term.  

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