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Letter from the Executive Director

Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in communities voted to be most livable.
EKU, College of Health Science, 2015

Dear Friends,

Let’s take a look at 2014-15, a great year in the life of the Irmo Chapin Recreation District and our community.  There is so much to celebrate! Visitation and program participation continued a strong upward trend which means more and more people are discovering the fun and fulfillment of sports, exercise, art, theater, nature, and the enjoyment of park events with friends. In fact, last year more than 1.8 million visits were made to district parks and participation grew in all program areas.  

After-school and summer camps increased by more than 20%, emphasizing parents’ interest in engaging their children in educational, healthy and fun activities throughout the school year and summer months. It has been wonderful to see Seven Oaks Park re-invigorated since the opening of the new expansion and makeover. The new gymnasium and indoor walking track have sparked the interest of fitness enthusiasts and Pickleball players, while the ball field improvements attracted 18 weekend tournaments in addition to traditional league play.

Significant progress continues to be made toward completing the build-out of a comprehensive master plan adopted in 2009.  Saluda Shoals Park will soon be home to multi-purpose fields, a tennis complex and boat ramp.  These additional park amenities will be located at the east end of the existing park.  Connectivity will be provided by an interior roadway and an east entrance off St. Andrews Road.  Considerable site work has been completed at a new sports complex being built between Epting Camp and Bush River Roads in the Chapin area of the District.  Both of these projects are projected to be completed within the next 12 months.

Fundraising efforts reached new levels in 2014-15, with the Saluda Shoals Foundation meeting the objectives of a successful annual campaign, sponsorship secured for the new Palmetto Heath Fields at Saluda Shoals Park, all six of the complex fields, and the Bi Lo Guest Services Pavilion.  The Chase Loveless Memorial Scholarship was established to raise funds to give all children access to youth sports programs and was supported by a highly successful golf tournament. Grants from the Mungo Foundation and Central Carolina Community Foundation have allowed us to achieve incredible beautification goals and the Community Development Block Grant Funding has contributed to the growth of the therapeutic recreation program.

It is our pleasure to serve this community by providing safe, beautiful places to enjoy life’s best moments. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the information in this report.  I can be reached at etaylor@icrc.net or (803) 772.1228 and am always happy to speak with those interested in parks and recreation!

Hope to see you soon in one of the parks.

Best regards,    

Elizabeth B. Taylor
Executive Director, Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

ICRC 2014-15 Annual Report