Design Concepts

Phase 1 of construction for the Cancer Survivors Park began in May, 2015, and was completed in February, 2016, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the boardwalk. The boardwalk connects Church St. to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, winding through the trees and providing a scenic vista from which to view the park in all its glory. Click here to view a gallery of images from the ceremony.

Construction of the park is now officially in "Phase 2." As development continues and the park grows, the following features will be included in the design:

  • Handicap-accessible entrances to the Swamp Rabbit Trail
    In addition to the boardwalk entrance on Church Street (beside the Next Building parking lot), a second entry plaza will be built in the lower parking area of the Chamber of Commerce on Cleveland Street. Stone-edged landscaped paths, 10-feet wide, will extend from each of these areas to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, providing access to the trail from either side of the Reedy River.
  • New bridge
    The current "cheese grater" bridge will be removed and replaced with a new 12-foot wide bridge with design features similar to the Liberty Bridge in Falls Park.
  • Survivorship Education Center
    The lower deck of the current Chamber of Commerce parking lot will be removed completely and replaced with a stone and glass Survivorship Education Center alongside the trail on the bridge level. An open-air pavilion will cover the top level; it will overlook the Reedy River and provide flexible outdoor space for small and large events
  • Celebration of Life Pavilion
    Situated at the most visible point of the Cancer Survivors Park, the Celebration of Life Pavilion will serve as an ever-present beacon of hope.
  • Specialty Gardens
    A variety of unique gardens will be tucked within the Cancer Survivors Park, including a healing garden, children's garden, and native plants area. A larger Waterfall Garden will be located beside the Survivorship Center; its focal point will be a high rock waterfall flowing from the upper pavilion level to the Swamp Rabbit Trail level.
  • Survivorship Display Areas
    Unique to the park will be multiple Healing Stations that use natural and sculptural elements to involve visitors in activities designed to decrease stress, help individuals work through painful times, and enhance active involvement in the healing process. Equally important will be elements that provide the opportunity to celebrate survivorship, such as a Survivor Ball and a Faces of Survivorship Display.


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