‚ÄčIn an effort to promote community well-being, Manning City Council made it a priority to create recreational outlets across the city. With this initiative in mind, a group of residents urged council to convert a dilapidated, private recreational/baseball facility into a park in an area of the city without one.

Through the effort of multiple partnerships, the property became the Gibbons Street Park, a state-of-the-art facility providing a safe and secure green space. The park includes an 1800 square-foot facility with storage, restrooms and a large, fenced playground. It also has the capability to host parties and corporate events.

City officials collaborated on the project with the Clarendon Junior Chamber of Commerce, Clarendon County and the local business community. Each of the three entities involved provided funding, as well as fundraising efforts that included oyster roasts, giveaways and individual donations.

Because multiple parties participated in making the park a reality, a sense of joint ownership encourages a group effort in maintaining the space. The public has also embraced the park. Family and civic events are a common occurrence.

Plans are already in the works to make the park even better. Manning residents can look forward to a walking track, free Wi-Fi access and additional playground equipment in the near future.

Contact Scott Tanner at or 803.435.8477 ext. 115.