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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.

Additional Documents

Hilton Head Island - Coligny Area Park & Transportation Projects
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Projected Construction Start Date:  Spring 2019

Estimated Completion Date:  Fall 2020

Project Engineer:  Thomas & Hutton

Project Architect:  

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

Construction Contract Awarded To:  Nix Construction

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
  • 12/8/2020 - News Release - Town of Hilton Head Island to Open Lowcountry Celebration Park with a Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
    The Town of Hilton Head Island will host a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lowcountry Celebration Park at 10 am Thursday, December 10. Read more...
  • 10/6/2020 -
    • The pandemic and last month's storms are creating more delays. Currently, substantial completion is anticipated the middle of November.
    • The current plan is to open the park as soon as completed, for individual use but because of the pandemic and lawn establishment, the park would be open for organized gathering in the Spring 2021.
    • The metal manufacturer for parts of the arbors throughout the park is in Houston and was closed for two weeks last month due to hurricanes which has caused a delay. They are currently on site putting the arbors up along Pope Ave, playground entrance gates and the arbor tree.
    • A large Live Oak was recently at the Pope and Lagoon intersection. It is approximately 15 years old and weighed in at 7 tons.
    • The lawn is scheduled to be installed by the middle of Oct.
  • 9/17/2020 -
    • The pandemic continues to pose problems for the supply chain and may further delay completion of the park to the end of October.
    • The landscaping is approximately 30% complete.
    • Installation of a large live oak at the intersection of Pope and Lagoon Road is planned for September 29th.
    • The rubber safety surface has been installed in the playground. This is an upgrade to the original park plans but represents significant safety improvement.
  • 7/28/2020 -
    • While there has been little local disruption of construction, the pandemic continues to cause multiple supply chain delays. The cumulative effect of these delays is a revised completion date of October 2, 2020.
    • The Restroom Building and parking lot will receive a walkthrough by the landscape architect, architect and engineer the first of August. Meaning these elements should be complete but will not open to the public as construction continues on the balance of the park.
    • You will notice trees continue to be installed around the park.
    • The sidewalk along Nassau is complete and will be open to the public in August.
    • Unfortunately the Hickory between the Museum and Nassau was struck by lighting and had to be removed.
    • The contractor is working to install the infrastructure for Wifi and security cameras around the park.
  • 7/20/2020 - In recognition of July as Park and Recreation Month, we're thrilled to share a sneak preview of our Adventure Playground Ship in our Lowcountry Celebration Park. The iconic ship is named for the vessel that explorer Capt. William Hilton traveled on to Hilton Head Island in 1663. He sailed the Adventure from Barbados to explore new lands and named Hilton Head Island from a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound. Lowcountry Celebration Park, which will open later this year, will be our newest addition. We can't think of a better time to start sharing how this park captures Island history and highlighting some of its unique and fun features.

    Our thanks to Island musician Frederick Freon for creating lyrics and musical vibes and to videographer Gustavo Rattia for capturing the Adventure Playground Ship as it was put together.

Project Photos & Videos

  • Safety and Wi-Fi - 12/4/2020

  • The Pavilion - 12/1/2020
  • Photo of Aerial Photo of Park Construction
    Aerial Photo of Park Construction - 9/17/2020
  • Photo of Setting Sun Artwork
    Setting Sun Artwork - 9/16/2020
  • Photo of Installation of the Playground Rubber Safety Surface
    Installation of the Playground Rubber Safety Surface - 9/14/2020
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