Falls Park – Greenville, South Carolina
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Falls Park in Greenville lets visitors spend a day along the Reedy River while also venturing into an active downtown. The river and its captivating falls were the perfect place for early settler Richard Pearis to build his grist mill in 1768. In time more mills formed along the river, followed by other industries such as an ironworks and a paper factory by the nineteenth century.
Furman University purchased the land that comprises the park in 1852, and with the help of Furman, the City of Greenville, and the Planning Commission, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club was able to buy 26 acres for a park in 1967. Development of the land for public use began right away and continued for forty years, making the greenspace a true destination spot for both locals and visitors.
Though the park was useable prior to the 1990s, in 1990 landscape architect Andrea Main was contracted to design an area that would allow people to better view and interact with the river and the space surrounding it. The vehicle bridge that passed over the falls was removed in 2003 and replaced the following year with a 355-foot-long suspension bridge for pedestrians only, as seen above. Twenty acres of gardens were further developed to accent the river, making the park an enormously popular attraction in Greenville’s downtown area.
Though no mills or factories currently operate along the spectacular river, the rushing falls that run through the heart of Greenville continue to inspire people to settle here, if only for a Sunday afternoon.
Reflections on Falls Park
Contributor Mark Godwin tells us, “We rent a cabin in Table Rock State Park almost every year. We always take a day trip to downtown Greenville to look for the Mice On Main. Always end up at Falls Park. Here is a photo of the falls, including the suspension bridge that crosses the park. The bridge is a stay suspension bridge (cable on only one side), an awesome piece of engineering in an immaculate setting.”
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Address: 601 South Main Street, Greenville, SC
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