New nature-focused feature opening at Unity Park in Greenville.

A new feature at Unity Park focused on the restoration of wetlands that reveal the Reedy River's natural course is officially open to residents.

Greenville officials today, Wednesday, will unveil the Reedy River Wetlands Preserve an urban wetlands featuring an outdoor classroom, overlooks and a series of low-impact, ADA-accessible boardwalks offering vantage points to learn about the native species and wildlife living in this critical ecosystem.

The wetlands will serve as a refuge for wildlife and nourish the growth of native plants.

River restoration, the removal of invasive species, the addition of new trees and the construction of boardwalks are courtesy of BMW of North America, LLC. Duke Energy Corporation was the donor for an outdoor classroom that is currently being installed. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors and other private donors are providing overlooks for quiet reflection, according to a Hughes Agency news release.

"These wetlands create a healthier river system, improve habitat, mitigate flood risk and a beautiful scenic and educational amenity for our community," said Greenville Mayor Knox White.

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BMW Manufacturing donated $1.25 million to restore and preserve the wetlands, Duke Energy contributed $500,000 for the outdoor classroom, and the family of C. Dan Joyner donated $100,000 to sponsor one of the three overlooks. A fourth donor who contributed $200,000 will be announced in early 2024. The project was funded entirely by the $2.05 million in private money raised by Hughes Agency in Greenville, the release said.

Designed by MKSK Studios and executed by Harper General Contractors, the Reedy River Wetlands Preserve is comprised of four acres and may one day be expanded to twice that size, according to the release.

"Our father, C. Dan Joyner, was not only a successful businessman, but an enthusiastic philanthropist and great contributor to the Greenville community," said Danny Joyner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors. "This beautiful overlook carries on his legacy and serves as a reminder of the positive impact he had on our family and the community he loved."

The restoration of the wetlands, which reveals the original path of the Reedy River, included the removal of invasive plant species as well as ash trees affected by...

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