Bathroom facilities, trail lighting, and an amphitheater are coming soon to Walter Elisha Park, according to Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage.

Residents who are tired of using port-a-potties will celebrate the news of improved restroom facilities at the town’s largest park. A second set of restroom facilities will also be built nearby at Calhoun Street Park.

“This is a long time coming, and I think people will be very pleased,” Major Savage said. “We want it to stay natural looking. We want it to be a green experience for everyone that visits the park.”

The work will begin sometime after the end of the S.C. Strawberry Festival, which begins in late April and finishes with a big weekend of activities at Walter Elisha Park on May 3-4.

The amphitheater is planned for the area where the main stage is normally located for the Strawberry Festival. The mayor said that area gives the best acoustics and seating options.

“We can host quite a few things that would make that park more enjoyable every day of the year,” Mayor Savage said.

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Porch-type swings will also be added as another feature throughout the park.

No major changes are planned for the playground, but the town adds features to that area on a regular basis, the mayor said.

Walter Elisha Park is a 12-acre park located on North White Street between Ardrey Street and Sidney Johnson Street. It currently features a walking trail, playground facilities, and a large green space that is home to the Town’s annual Strawberry Festival.

Aerial view of Walter Elisha Park (Photo courtesy of website)

Two years ago, the town accepted possession of the park from the Springs family. Once the site of a Springs textile facility, the property was turned into park space after a fire destroyed the building in 1988. It is named after Walter Y. Elisha, who was the CEO of Springs Industries from 1981 to 1997 and chairman from 1983 to 1998.

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Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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