Upgrades underway at Dolly Cooper Park


By Stan Welch
As plans to expand and improve the Dolly Cooper Park facility continue, the reputation of the area for water recreation continues to grow as well.
Originally obtained during the Preston administration, the site has gone largely undeveloped, with the main exception being the construction of an ADA compliant kayak launching site. That facility anchors one end of an extensive Saluda River Blueway that has become a major attraction for the northern end of the county.
Even as plans continue to develop the Dolly Cooper Park in northern Anderson county, the Saluda River Blueway that has grown around that area has gained recognition as a kayaking/canoeing destination from the American Automobile Association Carolina division as a kayaking destination. The site is mentioned in an article in the AAA’s regional magazine.
Development of the site has recently accelerated somewhat, as a walking trail of approximately a third of a mile was formed and poured this past week. (Photo below)

Anderson County is in the process of holding public input meetings to assist in the formation of a master plan for Dolly Cooper Park. The next one will be held on August 15 from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. the Powdersville Fire Department. An online survey is also available on the county’s website.

Once the information gathering is finished, a draft of the Master plan will be produced and presented to a steering committee, comprised of citizens, county staff members, elected officials and others for review.

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