Medway Mess

Legal wrangling between City, School District nix plans for planned community garden

This illustration depicts the future community garden that was set to be installed at Medway Park in Riverland Terrace until a recent legal snafu nixed the deal
This illustration depicts the future community garden that was set to be installed at Medway Park in Riverland Terrace until a recent legal snafu nixed the deal

The little-known, long-term joint use agreement that governs the City of Charleston’s lease of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) owned Medway Park in Riverland Terrace has become a matter of contention and is currently the subject of legalese between the two municipal monstrosities.

Activities in the park have been reportedly restricted.

This means the end for two superlative community projects set for the green space. The Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market will no longer be held on the park grounds, breaking both tradition and many a Riverland Terrace heart.

Additionally the proposed project to develop a community garden at Medway Park has been nixed. The project, headed up by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, has been fundraising since the summer of 2013. Within the last year, the group received donations from the Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club and Woodfield Development ($10,000) and had collected over 75 percent of their target fundraising figure

The group will gather this Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Riverland Terrace Neighborhood Association, at 7 p.m. at the James Island Baptist Church to discuss the situation and potential alternatives to their now dashed plan for Medway.

“To maintain momentum on the community garden, the city of Charleston Department of Parks is suggesting that the small semi-circular park on the north side of Parkway Drive be the new site for the community garden. The city Department of Parks is also looking at land around Plymouth Park as an alternative location,” said the group’s Amanda Barton in an email circulated Monday.

 

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