Feb. 20, 2017

Nicole Smith
Richland Penny Public Information

Gills Creek greenway project set for second public review


WHO: Richland County Government and the Richland Penny Program Development Team.


WHAT: Public meeting to discuss the proposed plans for the Gills Creek Greenway project
FORMAT: Open-house format. Project displays will also be available for the public to view. Citizens are encouraged to leave written comments at the meeting.


WHERE: Dreher High School cafeteria


WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22


COMMENTS: The public comment period for the Gills Creek Greenway project is Feb. 22 until March 9, 2017. Written comments can be submitted to Richland Penny Program, 201 Arbor Lake Dr., Columbia, SC 29223 or emailed to

After reviewing public comments from the first public meeting for the Gills Creek Greenway Section A project, the Richland County Transportation Program will present a revised proposal to the community.

Wednesday’s meeting will feature revised plans primarily related to the greenway’s path. The newly-proposed route runs along the east side of the creek from Kilbourne Road to Fort Jackson Boulevard before shifting to the west side from Fort Jackson Boulevard to Bluff Road. Potential amenities for the greenway project could include a trail system with segments constructed in asphalt and concrete paths up to 12-feet wide with such features as boardwalks, signage, picnic areas, meadows, lighting, overlook decks and landscaping.

During the meeting, guests will be able to view the proposals, ask questions and share comments one-on-one with county officials. Project managers urge citizens to leave their comments at the meeting, send them in through mail or email.

“Greenways are considered a quality of life improvement as well as an opportunity for economic growth,” Beaty said. “They can be a destination for people interested in getting out in nature and exercising as well as having an alternative means of transportation.”

Construction on the greenway project will not be impacted by flood recovery efforts and could begin as early as 2018.

Information on the proposed plan for the Gills Creek greenway project can be found at