COMPREHENSIVE RECREATION MASTER PLAN

In the fall of 2015, the City’s Parks and Recreation Division recognized the City’s need for an efficient, cohesive recreation system and sent out a Request For Qualifications for a City Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The purpose of this Master Plan is to evaluate the current system and submit recommendations in order to achieve a shared vision for meeting the City’s recreation needs over the next ten years. A team of consultants, led by The LandPlan Group South with The Boudreaux Group, Toole Design Group and park consultants Elizabeth Taylor and Cynthia Robinson – was selected to conduct this Master Plan. Using Demographics, Population Projections, assessments of current facilities, National Standards, and Public Input, the LandPlan team developed a 10-Year Master Plan. This document serves as both a strategic plan and an action plan, providing the City of Anderson with guidelines for future program planning efforts and capital improvement projects.

If you are interested in learning more about the master plan please contact the Recreation Department at recplanquestions@cityofandersonsc.com or 864-231-2232.

 

Downtown Bike-Pedestrian Connectivity Plan by Alta Planning & Design

The Anderson City Council on September 22, 2014, adopted the Downtown Anderson Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Plan. The City contracted with Alta Planning and Design, a national firm that specializes in trails and greenways, to develop a bikeway and walkway network within downtown Anderson and connections to key destination points.

Among the identified destination points were AnMed Health North Campus, Anderson University, Westside Community Center, Anderson County Courthouse Annex, City of Anderson Recreation Center and the Electric City Transit Transfer Center.

The plan focused on improving and providing safer bicycling and walking connectivity in the city and identifying trail alignments that will serve as key corridors for both active transportation and recreation for the City. The recommended projects will link residents and visitors to parks, schools, health campuses and downtown retail and employment destinations in the City of Anderson. The plan is a guide to be used by all – residents, tourists, business, industry, utilities, and government entities – as community improvements and new developments are considered. Infrastructure connections shown in the plan showcase the opportunity for individuals to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and the beauty of the area’s existing natural resources. This plan will provide the foundation for Anderson to become the Upstate’s next bicycle and walk friendly community, and advance the economic development landscape.

The implementation will be completed in phases over the next several years. Once completed, an additional 14 miles of greenways and 10 miles of bike lanes and paths will be created. The $10 million project will utilize federal, state, local and private funding.