GREENVILLE– The Greenville City Park has big plans for the renovation of Fort Greenville in 2014.
The historic fort and log cabin, located on Water Street near downtown Greenville, was constructed back in the 1940’s and will improve not only feature aesthetic improvements, but also have restored plumbing and authentic roofing.
To achieve these goals, the Greenville City Park was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial.
“It’s very historic, and I think a lot more people should know about this place,” said Greenville park volunteer Kenny Lane.
The Greenville park administration applied for the grant in late September with the expectation of providing practical improvements ranging from outdoor benches, authentic furniture, interior and exterior lighting and chimney renovations.
The log cabin is now primarily used by the Boy Scouts of America and Halloween Ghost Walk, however any member of the public is able to rent it out. Unfortunately, the log cabin had fallen into disrepair in the past, and the Greenville park administration is now making it’s restoration a priority.
“Since it sits away from the park, I think a lot of people don’t realize that it’s part of the park,” said Deborah Berger Park Manager. “I think it’s kind of just been forgotten.”
Appearing at the top of the list are chimney and fireplace upgrades, which will stop any continuous water leakage from causing further damage, but retain the character of the shelter.
And visitors can look forward to two functioning restrooms, which will be available to anyone using the facilities.
As the work unfolds over the next year, the hope is to restore Fort Greenville to become another attraction of the iconic park.
“Once we get all the maintenance repaired and the facilities back to where they should be, then we can start landscaping and buying furniture to make the cabin look authentic,” added Berger.
And the whole community is chipping in to help upgrade the unique landmark.
Gabriel Tamplin of GMT Roofing, will be donating the roofing work free of charge, while volunteers Kenny Lane and Ralph and Elaine Byerly will be continually repairing the facilities by staining and painting fences, constructing the benches and working on the log cabin.
Greenville Park Park Board Member Camille Baker has also committed to donate roofing supplies, including shingles and construction materials.
If all goes well, the facility will be used for more weddings, graduation parties, camp-outs and outdoor activities.
The repairs are scheduled for early 2014, and the Greenville City Park has also applied for two additional grants which would also be allocated toward further cabin restorations.