A Grand Reopening ceremony at the park off Knox-Abbott Drive was held Saturday
Cayce, SC – Cayce’s Guinard Park was reopened midday Saturday with a ceremony followed by a cookout and some goodhearted games of ping-pong on the park’s new concrete table. Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, Councilwoman Tara Almond, City Manager Rebecca Vance and Assistant City Manager Shaun Greenwood were all in attendance for this wonderful celebration.
A descendant of the Guinard family was on hand and spoke of his family’s love of the area and the little city that sits on the banks of the Congaree river. Their family had a major role in shaping what the area is today.
The Guinards donated the land for the park in an agreement with the city that would ensure that it would remain as natural as possible. They also had their business, the brickworks, on the riverbanks, an area that now hosts a number of great public events in its own right. They also helped develop the land that is now home to Still Hopes, the Episcopal home for the aged and infirmed just off Knox Abbot Drive.
The new renovated park features a number of upgrades. The stream that runs through the park had its banks stabilized with a new retaining wall during the renovation project. Additionally, the park has been upgraded with several other amenities that include one new and several upgraded picnic shelters, a bike rack, new grills, improved ADA compliant sidewalks, new trash receptacles, new benches, and the concrete ping-pong table with a metal, all-weather net. You just need to bring your paddles and ball to enjoy the game
Pamme Eades, a member of the Cayce Woman’s Club and the Cayce Avenues Neighborhood Association, both of which were represented at the reopening, was in attendance. Eades pointed out that some of the park’s original brick pavers were incorporated in the renovations. The two aforementioned organizations handled the cooking and the food service during Saturday’s event.
The entire park is now ADA compliant. This allows people with physical disabilities to enjoy the park along with everyone else.
The demand for the park was apparent during Saturday’s ribbon cutting. As Mayor Partin spoke, people strolled the paths in the background, pushing baby carriages, walking their dogs, or just taking in the beauty of the day.
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. It is located in the city of Cayce and is bounded by Knox Abbot Drive, Axtell Drive, Deliesseline Road, and State Street within a block of the Congaree River.