Constructing the East Cooper Trail

CHARLESTON, SC – The Ravenel Bridge could eventually be the base of the East Cooper trail if the public takes kindly to Mount Pleasant’s answer to a greenway. The proposed project includes 82 miles of trails connecting the Cooper River to the Santee River.

A new study by Alta Planning and Design details the trails benefits on paper, but that is where the trail will stay until it is approved. “Around here we don’t have access to the safe routes to get to our natural areas,” said Katherine Main, the executive director of the East Cooper Land Trust.

Main along with the rest of the board at the East Cooper Land Trust are trying to get the park built before new developments sprouting up around Mount Pleasant inevitably block the trail. “I grew up enjoying nature and loving nature and I just want some of it to be left for my kids and grandchildren so they also can enjoy the areas we have here on the East Cooper,” said Main.

Several municipalities are in talks with the East Cooper Land Trust to build the more than 80 mile long trail, but it is still in it’s nascent stages with public input meetings scheduled for the next few months. One will be held Tuesday September 29 at Alhambra Hall in the Old Village from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

The East Cooper Land Trust says it may take up to two decades to build the trail. There is no cost estimate for the project yet, but the land trust says a Mount Pleasant property tax increase referendum vote in November could help fund a portion of the trail.

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