After years of fundraising and months of construction, Gateway Greenspace, at the corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Washington Street East, is ready for its unveiling.
The grand opening celebration is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16.
“This is an exciting moment for the Charleston Area Alliance, the City of Charleston and the many organizations who helped make this happen,” said Susie Salisbury, Alliance vice president of community development.
The more than $3 million project has transformed an ordinary asphalt parking lot across from the Clay Center into a slice of West Virginia natural heritage.
Gateway Greenspace presents an attractive entrance into Charleston and will feature educational programming opportunities and links to historic, transportation, environmental and cultural facets of the community.
The sustainible design features include the reuse of an urban site as open space, the use of best management practices – including native plantings – and capturing rainwater to supply the park’s stream and reflecting pool features.
“This project is a much-needed enhancement to the Capital City,” Salisbury said. “It will help connect the downtown and East End areas and will augment the beauty of Charleston, making it a better place to work and live.”
The grand opening event begins with a 1:30 p.m. gathering. The John Adams Jazz Band is scheduled to perform.
The formal program is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m., and a butterfly release for children in attendance will follow. Refreshments and greenspace tours also will be available.