What Makes It More Than Just A Park?
Among the City's first partners were the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, who worked closely with the City and its consultants to develop the master plan for the park.
This aerial photo of the park, taken in 2018, shows the view from Unity Park facing downtown. A century in the making, the 22-month construction process to #BuildUnity began in earnest in 2020.
The City hosted community cookouts where residents could ask questions and provide input and ideas for the park.
Neighbors gathered with their families to enjoy a meal and share their vision.
The City's Parks & Recreation staff led games and activities for the kids.
City Council member Lillian Flemming shared memories at a community event celebrating the demolition of the City's Public Works facility in May 2019.
The relocation of the City's Public Works campus to Fairforest Way removed one of the final obstacles standing in the way of the park's development.
Southernside neighborhood president Mary Duckett was among the special guests at the "demo day" community event.
What Makes Unity Park Unique
NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER CODE
To protect existing neighborhoods, in June 2020, the City adopted a character code specific to the area surrounding the park.
The Unity Park Neighborhood District Code promotes the character of the area and encourages a walkable urban center that features cohesive design, use, densities and pedestrian amenities to create a vibrant, sustainable and complimentary community, while protecting existing residential areas from inappropriate infill and redevelopment.
Commitment to Affordable Housing
We're creating a park for everyone, whether your from around the globe or around the corner. From the start, the Unity Park project has aimed to create connections across neighborhoods, by providing affordable housing opportunities around the park.
Through partnerships with the Greenville Housing Fund, that dream will become homes for residents of all income levels.
City engineers are using new infrastructure management techniques to control stormwater and reduce flooding in this lowland area of the city.
The Unity Park neighborhood planning area includes 360 acres between West Washington Street and the Norfolk Southern rail line.