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Charleston Celebrates Greenspace

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The story below aired Sunday on WSAZ-TV. Click here to view the video.

What once was an old vacant lot is now a place for everyone to enjoy.

Sunday, a dedication ceremony was held for the Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace.

Just across from the Clay Center on Washington Street, the Greenspace offers an escape from urban living.

The space is filled with trees, flowers, rock landscapes and plenty of seating. There are also several waterfalls that are flowing thanks to rain water collected and recycled from a nearby building.

“I like the boulders and I like the green area here,” Ann Winton said. “I like that you can sit and view and I hope they will bring some music in occasionally.”

The Charleston Area Alliance was a driving force behind the project.

“As people come down Leon Sullivan Way, we’ll give them a very positive impression of our community,” President and CEO Matt Ballard said. “For people who live downtown, this is their backyard.”

Federal and state funds along with dozens of private donors are helping to fit the bill for the nearly $3 Million project.

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