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Additional Details for Lowcountry Celebration Park (Coligny Area Redevelopment Initiative)

Status:   Under Construction   Under Construction Icon
Project Updates
  • 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.

  • 5/5/2020 -
    • The park is just over half complete. The pandemic has meant delayed deliveries of materials and reduced the number of people working. Completion is scheduled for later this fall.
    • The Restroom Building and Band Pavilion are nearing completion.
    • The Sandbox Children's Museum has been dried-in. Gulfstream donated a cockpit for a display that was so big it had to be brought in before the walls were complete.
    • The Adventure Playground ship and other play equipment have been installed. The safety surface will soon be installed around this equipment.
    • Large 6 inch caliper or 18 - 20 foot tall Live Oaks will soon be planted in the playground area prior to the installation of the walks. They are being planted early to protect the concrete sidewalks from being cracked by heavy equipment.
    • Trees to be planted along Pope and around the lawn will be upgraded to 6 inch caliper or 18 - 20 foot tall to compensate for trees that were unintentionally lost during construction.
    • The irrigation system is currently being installed.
    • The walk along Nassau will soon be completed and open for public use.
    • The current critical path item is the interactive water feature in the playground. The concrete shell for this water feature should be poured in the next couple of weeks.
  • 1/27/2020 -
    • Work continues on the restroom building in a push to open it as soon as possible.
    • The additional parking at the beach parking lot is on schedule to open by St. Patrick's Day.
    • The contractor will be working on the Nassau sidewalk so that it will be open for use as soon as possible.
    • The timber frame for the Children's Museum is up.
    • Concrete footers are in place and foundations poured in the playground. The ship mast have been delivered to the site. Construction of the ship will begin the first of February. See the Facebook post of the pre-assembled ship during inspection in the factory.
    • The pavilion is the critical path item for completion of the park. The timber frame for this building is expected to go up the last part of February.
  • 11/21/2019 -
    • The lagoon is 2 feet below the designed water level.
    • Setting Sun has been installed and work continues on the boardwalks, pond pavilion and retaining wall.
    • The clearstory on the restroom building will soon be constructed.
    • Curb work on the adjacent parking area is complete with installation of the asphalt drive aisle and paver parking to follow.
    • The pavilion is the critical path item for completion of the park and the footers for that structure have been installed.
    • The ship in the playground has been pre-assembled at the factory. It will be taken apart in sections for ease of installation in February.
  • 10/28/2019 -
    • Rough grading of the site has been completed.
    • Park storm drains have been installed.
    • Piles for the boardwalks, pond pavilion, bridge and retaining wall have been driven.
    • Block work on the restroom building is complete and the timber for this structure has been delivered.
    • The museum foundation is complete.
    • The band shell pavilion foundation is about 50% complete.
    • The Setting Sun sculpture will be installed the first of November before the lagoon is flooded.
    • Work should begin in November on the parking at the Lagoon Road entrance.
  • 10/21/2019 - The foundations being laid for the new Sandbox Children’s Museum building.
  • 10/18/2019 - Piles for the boardwalks, lagoon pavilion, sculpture and retaining wall are being driven in the dry lagoon. This process should be complete by the end of this month at which time the pumps will be turned off and the lagoon will fill with water.
  • 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.
  • 6/18/2019 - Our contractor, Nix Construction, is prepping the site for building foundations for the Children’s Sandbox Museum, the pavilion and restrooms. Construction will start soon after.
  • 6/11/2019 - On June 11, 2019 a groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of our Lowcountry Celebration Park.
  • 6/4/2019 - The Town of Hilton Head Island invites you to a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Lowcountry Celebration Park, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9 a.m. in the Coligny Beach Parking Lot. (Please use the South Forest Beach Entrance to the Parking Lot.)
  • 5/6/2019 - Parking Summary for the Coligny Area Improvements:
    There will be a net increase of approximately 129 spaces in Summer 2020 after the LowCountry Celebration Park is completed. In Summer 2019, there will be a decrease in parking spaces while construction is underway on the park. However, the parking lot entrance is expected to be re-opened on Pope Avenue by Memorial Day weekend 2019.
  • 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.
  • 6/15/2016 - The Planning Commission approved application for Public Project Review for additional road improvements including a fully signalized intersection at Pope Avenue and Lagoon Road.
  • 5/24/2016 - The Design Review Board approved application for New Development – Final for proposed improvements.
  • 5/6/2016 - Forest Beach Owners Association ARB issued an approval and permit for construction of proposed improvements.
  • 12/8/2015 - The Design Review Board approved application for New Development – Conceptual for proposed improvements.
  • 12/2/2015 - The Planning Commission approved application for Public Project Review for Coligny area improvements including roadway and intersection improvements, surface parking, a destination park and playground, children’s museum, streetscape improvements, and pedestrian improvements.

Project Photos & Videos
  • 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
  • Photo of Installation of the Playground Rubber Safety Surface
    Installation of the Playground Rubber Safety Surface - 9/14/2020

  • A sneak preview of our Adventure Playground Ship in our Lowcountry Celebration Park - 7/20/2020
  • Photo of Sandbox Childrens' Museum Construction
    Sandbox Childrens' Museum Construction - 1/20/2020
  • Photo of Sandbox Childrens' Museum Construction
    Sandbox Childrens' Museum Construction - 1/15/2020
  • Photo of Construction of the restroom building
    Construction of the restroom building - 12/17/2019
  • Photo of The bulkhead at “Setting Sun”
    The bulkhead at “Setting Sun” - 12/17/2019
  • Photo of Form work for the wading pool feature in “Adventure Playground”.
    Form work for the wading pool feature in “Adventure Playground”. - 12/17/2019
  • Photo of Parking
    Parking - 11/19/2019
  • Photo of Rebar for the Pavilion foundation
    Rebar for the Pavilion foundation - 11/19/2019
  • Photo of A play structure mock-up of the ship William Hilton was on when he discoverd Hilton Head for the adventure playground.
    A play structure mock-up of the ship William Hilton was on when he discoverd Hilton Head for the adventure playground. - 11/5/2019
  • Photo of Setting Sun Installation
    Setting Sun Installation - 10/30/2019
  • Photo of Sandbox Children's Museum Building Foundation
    Sandbox Children's Museum Building Foundation - 10/18/2019
  • Photo of Piles for the boardwalks, lagoon pavilion, sculpture and retaining wall are being driven in the dry lagoon
    Piles for the boardwalks, lagoon pavilion, sculpture and retaining wall are being driven in the dry lagoon - 10/11/2019
  • 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
  • Photo of Drop-off and Restroom Construciton Site
    Drop-off and Restroom Construciton Site - 6/24/2019
  • Photo of Drop-off and Restroom Construciton Site
    Drop-off and Restroom Construciton Site - 6/24/2019
  • Photo of Lagoon
    Lagoon - 6/24/2019
  • Photo of Pope Avenue Pathway Construction
    Pope Avenue Pathway Construction - 6/24/2019
  • Photo of Lowcountry Celebration Park Project Sign
    Lowcountry Celebration Park Project Sign - 6/18/2019
  • Photo of Site Prep for Construction
    Site Prep for Construction - 6/18/2019
  • Photo of Site Prep for Construction
    Site Prep for Construction - 6/18/2019
  • Photo of Site Prep for Construction
    Site Prep for Construction - 6/18/2019
  • Photo of Lowcountry Celebration Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Lowcountry Celebration Park Groundbreaking Ceremony - 6/11/2019
  • Photo of Steve Riley Speaks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Steve Riley Speaks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony - 6/11/2019
  • Photo of Mayor McCann Speaks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Mayor McCann Speaks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony - 6/11/2019
  • Photo of Lowcountry Celebration Park Project Sign
    Lowcountry Celebration Park Project Sign - 6/11/2019
  • 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