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Lowcountry Celebration Park (Coligny Area Redevelopment Initiative)

Project Details
Status:   Under Construction   Under Construction 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. The park is located between the Circle Center Shopping Center and the Beach Parking lot at the end of Pope Avenue.

Related CIP Project:

Coligny Area Road Improvements


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.

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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
  • 7/24/2019 - The most dramatic change on the site is the lower water level in the lagoon. A temporary drain system has been installed around the lagoon to intercept ground water. Water from these drains as well as water already in the lagoon is being pumped out. The water level will remain low through the end of August so the contractor can continue filling and grading for the additional parking beyond the Lagoon Road drop-off. The building pads for the Children’s Museum and the Pavilion have been graded and compacted. The building pad for the Restrooms on the beach parking lot side of the park has also been completed and rebar is in place for the foundation. The rough grading for the sidewalk along Pope Avenue is complete and is on scheduled to be installed and open for use the first of August.
  • 7/5/2019 - Last weekend arborist pruned the existing trees in the park to improve their structure and remove dead or diseased wood and vines. These trees were evaluated and several were identified to receive a pre-construction treatment that encourages root growth to help them during construction. The health of these trees will continue to be monitored thru construction.
  • 6/28/2019 - Our Lowcountry Celebration Park will have three large buildings, including a restroom building that will be located at the park drop-off across from Lagoon Road. Nix Construction, our general contractor, plans to have the restroom building complete in early spring 2020, just in time for the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • 6/27/2019 - The water level in the lagoon at the Lowcountry Celebration Park site will soon be lowered to grade for expansion of the Coligny Beach parking lot. We plan to have additional parking spaces available early next year.
  • 6/26/2019 - We are working with Nix Construction to complete the pathway along Pope Avenue by the end of July or the first part of August. This area has been cleared and will be graded soon. In the meantime, please use the path on the opposite side of Pope Avenue in front of New York City Pizza. The pedestrian crossing on the ocean side of Lagoon Road at Pope Avenue is open.

Project Photos & Videos
  • Photo of Grading for Pope Avenue Sidewalk
    Grading for Pope Avenue Sidewalk - 7/24/2019
  • Photo of Restroom Building Rebar Ready for Foundation
    Restroom Building Rebar Ready for Foundation - 7/24/2019
  • Photo of Pavilion Building Pad
    Pavilion Building Pad - 7/24/2019
  • Photo of Lagoon water level lowered to reshape lagoon
    Lagoon water level lowered to reshape lagoon - 7/24/2019
  • Photo of Tree Pruning
    Tree Pruning - 7/2/2019
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