Falls Park in downtown Greenville, South Carolina is one of the reasons I moved there. It shows the kind of vision that I sought from community leaders before relocating. I even wrote an editorial for the paper describing the reasons for my move, which the editors subtly held for print until the day before the local elections.
Falls Park surrounds a 28-foot waterfall on the site where Greenville’s first European settler, Richard Pearis, established his trading post in 1768. The main feature of the park is the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Reedy River that is unlike any other in the United States. The Swamp Rabbit Trail runs through the park directly beneath the bridge, making it a high traffic area year-round. In the warmer months, the grounds are filled with picnic blankets, playing children, and scores of ducks. There are countless photos of Falls Park in full bloom. Instead, I give you blurry cell phone pictures of Falls Park in the show.
If you’re planning to picnic while you’re there, there are some cool picnic packs these days. They seem easier to carry around downtown than a wicker basket filled with food and ants.