Improvements to the boardwalk system at Williamson Park in Darlington have been completed. This is the view as you enter from the back of the park near James Street.
DARLINGTON – Trail runners and walkers rejoice. Improvements to the boardwalk system at Williamson Park in Darlington have been completed. The City of Darlington replaced the three-foot-wide walkway at the back of the park with a five-foot-wide boardwalk to match the others along the trails. The elevated boardwalk crosses Swift Creek between 10 and 12 feet from the smaller bridge that masks the appearance of a sewer pipe. “This completes the park’s main loop with a wide walkway to accommodate families and more people in general,” said City of Darlington Planning Director Lisa Chalian-Rock. Henley’s Construction of Cheraw installed the 410-foot long walkway. The locally owned company has completed similar projects in Folly Beach, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, and Charleston as well as previous work in Williamson Park. “The new structure brings this area of the park up to par with all the other bridges and boardwalks,” Park committee chair Brad Odom said. “Additionally, we added an observation deck near the center of the park adjacent to the main stream. This will allow visitors a place to relax near the water, listen to the babbling brook, soak in the majesty of the cypress trees, and genuinely appreciate the wilderness to be found within our city limits.” That area will be 16 feet by 8 feet with benches lining the perimeter for visitors to stop, enjoy, and rest. The construction will allow the city’s annual Darlington 5000 race to include more of the park trails in the course for future events. The 2014 5K run/walk is scheduled for Sept. 13, 2014. The project cost $98,500 with $75,000 coming from the city’s 2-percent hospitality tax revenue and the remainder from the Williamson Park Committee’s fundraising efforts.