Dorchester looks to buy tract for park

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

The county is seeking to buy an undeveloped tract north of the river 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 riverfront than Rosebrock Park. The property includes woodland tracts for trails, picnic areas, ponds and runs more than a half mile along the river in its tidal blackwater stretch.

Rosebrock Park is a narrow, walking-trail park through river bottom, with a planned canoe launch.

Together, the parks would give the county a long-sought river recreation area in the development-swarmed lower county around Summerville.

"It's a tie-in," County Council Chairman Larry Hargett said. The property can be purchased with existing funds, he said.

The county also will bid on more than 2 acres along the road that is zoned for commercial use.

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

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