Shot Pouch Greenway
Construction of a new nature trail is underway, and in within a year or so, a 3.4 mile pedestrian greenway will be a focal point for walking, biking and communing with the great outdoors.
The Shot Pouch Greenway is a Penny for Progress project with $4 million dedicated to connect Dillon Park to Swan Lake-Iris Gardens with a paved walkway that runs alongside Shot Pouch Branch.
City of Sumter Project Manager Jason Stoddard said Thompson Turner Construction will be clearing vegetation and surface debris and removing stumps for about six weeks, depending on the weather.
“Work has just begun,” he said in mid-December 2020. “They will start building the trail in different segments and they have 365 days to complete the project.”
It’s important for residents of Sumter County to have opportunities for recreation, said Administrator Gary Mixon.
“Our Penny for Progress projects have invested in public safety and quality of life, along with our roads and recreation,” he said. “Dillon Park’s new football fields and the work going on now to build a new gym and renovate the old gym at our Haysnworth Street complex show our long-term commitment to recreation and quality of life. This new greenway will benefit us for many years to come.”
Stoddard said a wooden bridge on Haynsworth Street spanning Shot Pouch Branch will be replaced with a steel bridge and a small wooden bridge in Dillon Park will also be replaced.
Sumter County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. applauded the project, and as an avid walker himself, he noted how walking paths and trails are very popular at both Dillon and Patriot parks.
“This gives more Sumter residents a chance to get out and exercise so we can be a healthier community,” he said. “Exercise and fresh air can cure a lot of ails and I look forward to enjoying the Greenway.”
Dec. 15, 2020
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