The Greenville Revitalization Corp., in partnership with the Greenville Textile Heritage Society, has announced plans for the creation of a new park that will celebrate the once-thriving textile history of Greenville County. The six-acre Textile Heritage Park will be located across Smythe Street from the Lofts of Greenville at Monoghan Mill.
Park construction is expected to get underway this spring.
“The park will breathe new life into this historic mill neighborhood and introduce a new generation of visitors to the industry that put Greenville on the map,” said Greenville Revitalization Corp. CEO Doug Dent, in a news release.
The park plans, designed by Arbor Engineering, feature walking trails, a children’s playground, community garden and a Textile Museum designed to look like a 1930’s-era mill house, according to the release. An outdoor classroom has been donated by Alpha Tree Co. One of the park’s signature features will be a Mill Walk with brick alcoves, each dedicated to a historic mill in Greenville County. Visitors who are interested in participating can donate a brick or plaque for the Mill Walk.
According to Don Harkins, president of the Greenville Textile Heritage Society, the site was once the centerpiece of the Monaghan community. A century ago, it was known as Central Park and was used for various occasions including band concerts, a baby parade in the spring, and what has been called the largest patriotic parade held in the state.
The Greenville Revitalization Corp. is accepting donations to the park in the form of financial or service material contributions, as well as brick and plaque reservations for the Mill Walk.