The City of Greer is preserving a 63 year old building by adapting its use to meet the community’s demand. The “Center for the Arts”, located in the heart of downtown Greer, was originally built in 1955 by the SC Wesleyan Church and used as the tabernacle for their camps and retreats. In 2015, the City seized the opportunity to transform the building into a Cultural Arts Center and develop the adjoining 3 acre park. A master plan for the City that was completed in 2015 identified the section of town, in which the building is located, in as an “Arts District”. SGA Architecture was selected to lead the design of the building and park in 2017 and construction is scheduled to begin in September of this year.
The Parks and Recreation Department has contracted with Alta Planning and Design to complete a Master Plan for the renovation of Kids Planet. This study will identify and refine specific opportunities and locations to improve Kids Planet Playground. These improvements will include new playground equipment, better vehicular parking, sidewalks and accessibility, signage, landscaping, and meet ADA requirements. Multiple public workshops have been facilitated to generate community supports to the preferred conceptual design. The anticipated completion date of the plan is late summer, followed by demolition in the fall and a newly renovated playground venue in the spring of 2019.