Today, Anderson County received a Duke Energy Foundation Nature Grant Program, which awards South Carolina organizations funding for environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts, and environmental educational programs. Anderson County is one of 11 awardees (and the only county or municipal entity) to receive the 2020 Duke Nature Grant program.

Anderson County was awarded a $50,000 grant that will support the installation of an ADA-accessible kayak launch and landing at Dolly Cooper Park, located on the Saluda River in Powdersville. The new kayak launch will provide a secondary river access point at the park and will be supported by a 1,200-foot long shared-use “River Walk” path. In combination with an existing kayak launch located upriver on the park grounds, this improvement will allow convenient point-to-point access to a ¼ mile length of the Saluda for kayakers, rafters, tubers, and swimmers— all without users having to leave the facility grounds.

“We cannot thank our friends at the Duke Energy Foundation enough for their support. The Foundation’s assistance has been a key part of Anderson County’s efforts to establish recreational facilities that serve the heart of the Saluda River Blue Trail, and I am proud to have them as our partner.” – Councilman Jimmy Davis