A Future Park for the Charleston Community

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Conceptual Study

The Lowline is a work in progress and this conceptual study presents a vision for the Lowline. 


What is now a former railroad track and forgotten stretch of urban space can be so much more.

OVERALL

The Conceptual Study is organized into four key sections and three main districts. Feel free to explore the study in its entirety or navigate to the sections and districts most important to you. 

FOUR KEY SECTIONS

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WATER  |  MOBILITY  |  PLANTING  |  PROGRAMMING 

THREE MAIN DISTRICTS

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WHAT IS THE LOWLINE

The Lowline is the central spine of a regional park and mobility system connecting Downtown to West Ashley, North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. It will transform the neglected corridor into an area supporting and expressing the eight surrounding neighborhoods and districts. It will be completely unique to Charleston.

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WATER

The Lowline will play a significant role in the future of water management for the Charleston peninsula. It will provide ample open space to implement a variety of strategies that embrace and manage water

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MOBILITY

The Lowline is a new mobility corridor along the spine of the peninsula. It provides a safe pedestrian and bicycle circulation along its entire length. It will transform the way people move around the Lowcountry.

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PLANTING

The Lowline is envisioned to be a lush, botanically diverse corridor and planting will be true to Charleston for people to enjoy. The greening of the space will support and enhance ecosystem services.

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PROGRAMMING

The Lowline will be a new type of public park for the Charleston region. It will provide traditional active and passive recreational activities. There will also be places to eat, drink, shop and gather for neighborhood and community events. 

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THREE MAIN DISTRICTS

URBAN CORE  |  THE PARKS  |  NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR

Each district will be unique and offer a variety of opportunities for the community based on the characteristics of the surrounding areas.

URBAN CORE

Calhoun Street to Line Street

This district will resemble a classic Charleston alley way. With heavy foot traffic from King and Meeting Street, this will be a narrower path with lots of activity from tourism. 

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THE PARKS

Line Street to Grove Street

This district has the opportunity for the widest areas of green space and to manage stormwater for the peninsula. These green spaces can be gathering spaces for Charleston. 

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NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR

Grove Street to Mt. Pleasant Street

This district embraces the neighborhoods surrounding it. Expanding under I-26, this space can become an area for many different types of active and passive recreation. 

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