Port Royal plans $250,000 worth of Cypress Wetlands improvements

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Port Royal plans $250,000 worth of Cypress Wetlands improvements

By JULIANN VACHON jvachon@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8184
Published Wednesday, March 10, 2010   |  184 Words  |  news

Port Royal officials hope about $250,000 worth of improvements to the Cypress Wetlands will bring more visitors and tourists to Paris Avenue and the town's old village.
Town council members on Wednesday reviewed project plans, which include new walking paths connecting the wetlands, boardwalks, seating areas, landscaping, decking, drainage and signs explaining the animals, plants and birds visitors likely would see in the area.
Michael Brock, a landscape architect with Ward Edwards, the company that designed the plans, said they envisioned creating a destination park.
"Our goal is to do something with the Cypress Wetlands, to really bring people to it," Brock said.
Those improvements are expected to cost about $100,000. The project also will incorporate plans to recreate the flow of the original wetlands that town staff said has been disturbed by development over the past 80 to 90 years.
Council members voted in January to use funds from an existing tax increment financing district for the beautification project.
Improvements are expected to take about six to eight weeks once a contractor is hired, said town manager Van Willis.