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Charleston land design firm finished work on $13.1M park | Real Estate

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SeamonWhiteside’s land design on display at newly opened Ashley River Park

A Charleston land design firm recently completed work on a new Dorchester County Park and provided some striking aerial images of the now-open outdoor recreation area.

SeamonWhiteside helped design the $13.1 million, 87-acre Ashley River Park that opened March 19 on an upper reach of the river off Bacons Bridge Road between Dorchester and Ashley River roads.


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Ten years in the making, the park offers an interactive play fountain designed to look like a map of the Ashley River along with a pavilion, playground, picnic shelters, dog parks, zipline for kids, walking trails, tiered lawn, kayak launch and a large pond with fishing piers and boardwalks.

“Our biggest goal in the execution of this project was to make a park that was everything that Dorchester County and the community wanted it to be,” said Jennifer Palmer, director of design firm’s  It was important to us that Ashley River Park be a special part of Dorchester County,” says Jennifer Palmer, director of SeamonWhiteside’s Summerville office.


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The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

Daily admission is $2 per person, though Dorchester County residents can purchase an annual pass that covers up to nine people for $40. The cost is $80 for nonresidents.

For more information on the park or its activities, go to dorchestercountysc.gov/services/parks-recreation/ashley-river-park.









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Architects Jay White, left, Jennifer Charzewski and Andy Clark are the new leaders at Liollio Architecture in Charleston. The firm started 65 years ago and in late 2020 moved from West Ashley to The Refinery on the upper peninsula. Liollio Architecture/Provided


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The Elizabeth Arden House in Summerville sold for nearly $1.9 million on April 1. Keen Eye Marketing/Provided


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