BMW donates largest sum so far to Unity Park.

BMW Manufacturing will help preserve and restore eight acres of urban wetlands in Greenville's Unity Park with a $1.25 million donation.

The donation will also support the construction of a series of low-impact boardwalks and overlooks through the wetlands that occupy the northern portion of the 60-acre park.

"Sustainability is an integral part of BMW's corporate strategy, and we actively take responsibility to participate in our local community on sustainability initiatives," Robert Engelhorn, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, said in a news release Wednesday. "That is why we are excited about this donation to preserve and maintain these wetlands for future generations. We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy and learn about this unique ecosystem that is in Greenville's backyard."

BMW's donation to Unity Park is the largest received to date by the city of Greenville, according to the release. The park is slated to open in 20 days.

"We're honored to partner with other great companies and individuals in Upstate South Carolina to revitalize an urban community in an attractive and sustainable way," Max Metcalf, manager of government and community relations at BMW Manufacturing, said in the release. "Unity Park will not only bring people together, it will celebrate the diversity of communities in which we live."

Plans for the park include playgrounds, pedestrian bridges, walking trails and a welcome center, as well as a restored historic Mayberry Park and the protection of the ecosystem along...

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