Governors Park is located on a 40-acre parcel on Daniel Island, just off Interstate 526. It is a community park owned by the City of Charleston with a program to provide both active and passive recreation opportunities to the public. The Park will feature a dog park, playground, picnic areas, waterfront trail, two baseball fields, and a nine-acre grand lawn.
The layout and design of the park is intended to fit into the landscape by minimizing impacts to existing tree canopies and providing homage to Daniel Island’s agricultural history. The baseball fields are set into the curve of Fairbanks Drive so that existing vegetation will provide a buffer for neighboring residents. To further reduce impacts to these residents the fields will incorporate high end lighting designed to minimize glare and eliminate spillover of excess light. A concession / scoring facility is located between the two fields that will offer an agrarian appearance along the edge of the grand lawn. The grand lawn will accommodate four full-size soccer fields as well as provide open space for public events and festivals. The pedestrian trails will be field located to minimize impacts to the landscape while providing exemplary views of the Wando River. A 10-foot wide boardwalk will cross the marsh to connect to the existing Daniel Island waterfront trail to the south of the interstate.
Construction of the park is currently underway and if you look down while driving along I-526 you will notice the grand lawn by the distinct white shade of its athletic field mix. Construction of Governors Park is projected to be complete in early September of 2011.