Dorchester to bid on river land

SUMMERVILLE -- Nearly 90 acres along the Ashley River could become the next Dorchester County park.

The county will bid on an undeveloped tract north of Bacon's Bridge and east of Bacon's Bridge Road. The 83-acre tract is located diagonally across from the newly created Richard Rosebrock Park. The proposed park would have more high ground for ballfields and more riverfront than Rosebrock Park. It includes woodland tracts for trails, picnic areas, ponds and runs more than a half mile along the river in its scenic blackwater stretch.

Rosebrock park is a walking trail park through river bottom with a planned canoe launch. The two parks would give the county a long sought river recreation complex in the development-swarmed lower county around Summerville.

"It's a tie-in," said County Council Chairman Larry Hargett. The property can be purchased with existing funds, he said. The county will also bid on more than two acres along the road that is zoned for commercial use.

Summerville homebuilder Arnold Goodstein had planned a gated community with 62 houses and 120 condominiums, with a private dock, on the property before his company declared bankruptcy in the wake of the housing market crash in 2008.