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Taylor Family Park

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Area: 4.9 acres

The Taylor Family Tract was donated to the Town by the Taylor Family in 1991, with the intention of it being developed into a future neighborhood park. This park is located in the Historic Squire Pope Neighborhood.

The property contains approximately 1 acre of wetland area, and the upland portion of the park will serve as a passive use space with amenities for immediate neighborhood residents such as the Historic Squire Pope community as well as others along Wild Horse Road, Gumtree Road, and Squire Pope Road. In addition, the park will provide a unique destination location for visitors.

The presence of several large live oaks, young maritime woodland vegetation and a freshwater wetland on the site provides an opportunity for integration of nature and design.

Master Plan Recommendations

The Master Plan for Taylor Family Park includes the following components:

  • Integration of storyboards paying homage to the Taylor and McKnight families
  • Safe pedestrian connectivity with a crosswalk to the existing pathway network
  • Vehicular access that accommodates park users and emergency vehicles
  • Internal pathways with lighting and interpretation
  • Passive open lawn space
  • Interactive playground with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) features with a fishing theme paying homage to the McKnight Family's role in local fishing
  • Adult activity zone with outdoor fitness stations
  • Large, covered pavilion with restrooms, tables, grills, and seating areas
  • Smaller shade structures or pavilions within the landscape
  • Integration of existing natural features such as specimen trees and wetland areas
  • General history of the land and family
  • "Peace and Participate" features such as History Path, Cultural Garden, and inclusion of a 55 inch Pecan tree that served as a meeting place for Gullah Elders throughout the last century
  • Integration of new pecan tree plantings within the proposed landscape


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