A Future Park for the Charleston Community

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Our Vision

Green Space for Everyone

The Lowcountry Lowline can be an iconic park for the Charleston area. It has the potential to be an off-street walkable, bike-able hub for programming, community events, the arts and local merchants. It will connect different neighborhoods both physically but also socially by creating opportunity for new friendships and partnerships to form between residents, neighborhoods and organizations. It will be forward thinking to address flooding concerns, mobility and transit issues. The Lowline is a channel for Charleston to achieve more together as a complete community.

Honoring The Past, The Present, And The Future

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The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

  • The Best Friend of Charleston -- first regularly scheduled passenger service in the US, began on Christmas 1830. 
  • Replica on display in the The Best Friend Train Museum at 36 John Street. 
  • Original tracks on what was then Russell Street in Charleston.
  • As popularity grew a bustling rail yard, with roundhouse, and maintenance facilities were added

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New Purpose

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

  • Re-connect neighborhoods split by the rail line and I-26
  • Open public green corridor in the center of the Charleston peninsula
  • Almost 2-mile-long linear park 
  • Pedestrian-friendly will promote safety, sustainability, public art

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An Economic Driver

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

An Economic Driver

  • Quality open spaces provide a range of benefits to city residents, visitors, employers, and property owners. 
  • Signature urban parks become significant drivers of real estate value, tourism, and city branding  
  • The LowLine can generate employment, improved business as well as greater revenue for the city and the county.