After much anticipation, the big “demolition day” took place Wednesday, April 17, when the last of the two buildings located at the base of the Woods Memorial Bridge were torn down. The Open Land Trust is excited about finally creating an overlook park.
While waiting on permits, some of the local fire departments had the opportunity to “use” the buildings for training purposes. The Open Land Trust was happy to allow them the opportunity to practice their skills in these vacant buildings.
The Open Land Trust, in partnership with Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort, purchased the land to reclaim the spectacular vista along Highway 21 and restore the view of Factory Creek for citizens and visitors. Plans are being finalized for the creation of Judith Haskell Brewer Memorial Park, located on the banks of Factory Creek at the base of the Woods Memorial Bridge on Lady’s Island.
HELP BUILD AN OYSTER REEF HABITAT: On Friday, April 26, 2 p.m., 50 volunteers are needed to help build an oyster reef habitat on Lady’s Island, over the Woods Bridge just past the boat landing, near the recently knocked-down buildings and soon-to-be park. The project is organized by the Department of Natural Resources and funded by a large grant from the folks at the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, that involves building oyster habitat in and around Beaufort and throughout the ACE Basin. Everything is supplied, just bring bug spray and closed toe, durable shoes. To sign up, call Denise Parsick at 843-263-8866 or Bruce at 843-476-3022.