Public Invited to Share Ideas for the Future of West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway

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Community Design Workshop, Public Forums Set for June 4-7 in West Ashley?
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston are inviting the public to voice their opinions and ideas for forthcoming improvements to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway at a series of interactive design workshops from June 4 to June 7 in West Ashley.?
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The Conservancy and the city are creating a detailed master plan and design for a combined 10.5-mile stretch of the Greenway and Bikeway. This West Ashley Greenway & Bikeway Community Design Workshop is a chance for area residents to share their suggestions and have a say in shaping the future of these public spaces.?
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“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming a significant public space that connects so many neighborhoods in the City of Charleston,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “We’re looking forward to working with the public on ideas and inspiration as to how we can make the West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway even more inviting.”
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West Ashley Greenway & Bikeway Community Design Workshop Schedule?
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Kickoff & Community Design Forum
June 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.??
The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley?
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Open Studio
June 5 and June 6 – 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (drop in anytime)
Charleston Parks Conservancy, Studio Space at 720 Magnolia Road, Suite 25, in West Ashley?
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Work-in-Progress Presentation and Feedback Forum
June 7 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.?
The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley?
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The design process also includes a public art program. Last year, the Charleston Parks Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project that would add public art activities along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. Temporary public art and arts programming will be incorporated into the master plan.??
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The master plan should be completed by late summer or early fall. In partnership with the City of Charleston, the Conservancy will immediately begin seeking public and private funds to complete a prioritized list of improvements.
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For questions about the upcoming Community Input Workshop, call 843-724-5003 or email planning@charlestonparksconservancy.org.
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About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.
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Charleston Shootings – Mood of the Country

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There has been widespread emotion throughout the country and the world surrounding the tragic events that happened at 110 Calhoun Street on a fateful Wednesday evening.? A rallying cry has been heard from coast to coast from religious leaders to academics to citizens who have been taken back by one unforgivable act.

We would like to share some of the personal thoughts and commentary shared in the last few weeks:

With Charleston Shooting, a Time to Stop Teaching Children about the “History” of Racial Violence – NY Times

What the Aftermath of the Charleston Shootings Looked Like Through the Eyes of a Little Girl – Washington Post

A Bow to Charleston – Peggy Noonan Blog

Dallas coffee shot crafts banner of support for Charleston, SC shooting victims – Dallas Morning News

Cynthia G. Hurd, Librarian, Among Those Killed in Charleston Shooting – Library Journal

The Charleston Shooting – At Half-Mast – The Economist

America’s original sin manifests itself again in Charleston shootings – Catholic News Service

3 survivors of the Charleston church shooting grapple with their grief – The Charlotte Observer

Nancy Ares on Charleston Shooting and Dealing with White Privilege and Inequality – The Warner School of Education, University of Rochester

?Charleston shooting ‘sign of the times’ – Amarillo Globe-News

In South, grace and dignity after Charleston shootings – TribLive Media

These are only a few of the opinion and thoughts coming in throughout the country.? We wanted to share some of the media commentary in the aftermath of this tragic event.

Provided by MSNBC
Provided by MSNBC

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