The Lowcountry Lowline Project, which aims to convert a stretch of abandoned railroad track downtown into a park, has secured $10 million in city and federal funding.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $7 million grant for pre-construction efforts. And at a press conference, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the city allocated an additional $3 million to the park project.
The Lowline will be a linear park planned to run 1.7 miles along a former rail line through downtown from Mount Pleasant Street to Marion Square. The park, much of which is adjacent to Interstate 26, will include urban pathways between restaurants and hotels as well as open natural spaces for events and gatherings. The park’s design is focused on alleviating downtown stormwater issues and reconnecting neighborhoods along the Lowline. (Credit: Charleston City Paper)