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Lowcountry Celebration Park (Coligny Area Redevelopment Initiative)

Project Details
Status:   Contract Execution Pending   Contract Execution Pending Icon

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Project Description

Lowcountry Celebration Park includes: a large lawn and stage to accommodate festivals, concerts and other gatherings; a destination playground with an iconic ship playground; the Sandbox Children's Museum; walking trails and boardwalks; exercise stations; additional parking and; improved access to Beach Parking.

Related CIP Project:

Coligny Area Road Imrpovements

On March 4, 2014 Town Council passed a resolution directing staff to engage a consultant to prepare a concept plan for the Coligny area and the Planning Commission to develop a recommendation to Town Council on the plan. On April 2, 2014 the Planning Commission convened a Public Workshop for the purpose of gathering input regarding a destination park and playground, surface parking, children's museum, streetscape improvements, roadway and intersection improvements, and pedestrian improvements. The results of the public workshop along with a list of "quick action" items were presented at a follow-up meeting on April 23, 2014.

During the summer of 2014 the Town's traffic consultant, SRS Engineering, conducted both traffic and parking counts and made recommendations for improvements in the Coligny District as well as the Pope Avenue corridor. The recommendations address enhancement of operations for vehicles and pedestrians as well as potential new roadway connections providing alternate routes and connectivity through the planning area.

Based on the public and Planning Commission input and in conjunction with the traffic and parking assessments, the consultant team prepared a Conceptual Master Plan for improvements within the Coligny District.

The Conceptual Master Plan focused on 6 primary elements.

  1. Roadway and Intersection Improvements including Nassau Street extension, Lagoon Road signalization and extension, realignment of the parking lot entrance, and the addition of a signal on South Forest Beach Drive;
  2. Surface Parking including +/- 553 permanent parking spaces in the parking lot and on-street parking which represents an increase of +/- 137 permanent usable parking spaces;
  3. the creation of a Destination Park and Playground including a central event space for passive and event use, a perimeter trail network with exercise stations and interpretive signage/experiences, a bandshell/pavilion, restroom/shelter with drop-off, and an adventure playground that is lowcountry and nature themed with separate areas for different age groups;
  4. a Children's Museum with +/- 3,500 sf indoor museum space and +/- 1,500 sf outdoor play space adjacent to dedicated parking;
  5. Streetscape Improvements on Pope Avenue and South Forest Beach Drive;
  6. and Pedestrian Improvements including new leisure trails and enhanced pedestrian crossings.

Project Objectives

Public sector investment to spur private redevelopment.

Additional Documents

Hilton Head Island - Coligny Area Park & Transportation Projects
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Projected Project Schedule:  

Design/Permitting: Minor Revisions to be completed to Construction Drawing - Fall 2018

Projected Construction Start Date:  Spring 2019

Estimated Completion Date:  FY 2025 - Phase 1, Summer 2020

Project Engineer:  Thomas & Hutton

Project Architect:  

Watson Tate Savory
Wood+Partners Inc. (Landscape Architect)

Construction Contract Awarded To:  To Be Determined

Funding Sources:  TIF

Estimated Cost of Project:  +/- $12,000,000 phase 1 construction, not including property

Project Manager:  

Chris Darnell email icon, Urban Designer, 843-341-4676

Project Updates
  • 3/27/2019 - A RFP (Request for Proposal) for the construction of Lowcountry Celebration Park was successfully completed and the apparent winner is Nix Construction Company Inc. Pending negotiation of a contract, construction is set to begin next month. Construction is anticipated to take 14 months. There is the possibility that the Restroom / Information Center ("H" on the Conceptual Master Plan) and the additional parking spaces in the Town Parking Lot will be open for next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Heritage. The balance of the park should be open summer of 2020.

    Currently the construction you see in and around the site is part of the road and utility work. What will become the central lawn is being used as a construction lay-down yard.

  • 11/28/2018 - Revisions and updates to the construction documents (plans and specifications) are on schedule to be completed in early December 2018. The project is anticipated to go to bid later in December 2018 with a bid opening at the end of January 2019.
  • 8/29/2018 - After delays from Hurricanes Mathew and Irma and with the road improvements separated out to a separate project, construction on the park is scheduled to begin spring of 2019. Plans for the park are being revised to eliminate the Lagoon Road connection thru to Tanglewood and replace it with a turn-around. Construction drawings for the buildings are being revised to bring them into compliance with changes in the building code. Earlier this year in March, Town Council approved "Lowcountry Celebration Park" as the official park name.
  • 7/19/2017 - One, non-responsive response was received to the Request for Proposal in 2016. Project will be re-worked to separate the road projects (Nassau Street, Lagoon Road Extension, Pope/Lagoon Extension, South Forest Beach) from the park. Issuance of a revised Request for Proposal was put on-hold due to the impacts of Hurricane Matthew and remains on-hold indefinitely pending funding direction from the Town Manager and Town Council.
  • 7/15/2016 - Request for Proposal for Coligny Redevelopment Project was issued including both the road projects (Nassau Street, Lagoon Road Extension, Pope/Lagoon Extension, South Forest Beach) and the park project. The solicitation deadline is August 25, 2016.

Project Photos & Videos
  • Photo of Future Site of Lawn Looking to Pope
    Future Site of Lawn Looking to Pope - 3/13/2019
  • Photo of Future Site of Information Pavilion
    Future Site of Information Pavilion - 3/13/2019
  • Photo of Existing Lagoon
    Existing Lagoon - 3/13/2019
  • Photo of Future Site of Adventure Playground
    Future Site of Adventure Playground - 3/13/2019
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