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Shem Creek Park

Location: Town of Mt. Pleasant

Client: Mt. Pleasant, SC

Project Scope:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Structural Engineering
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Planning
  • Public Meetings
  • Construction Administration

Project Description:

THOMAS & HUTTON was selected by the Town of Mount Pleasant to redevelop the OK Tire Store property at Shem Creek and the adjacent timber docks and access ways known as the Bailey Docks. Thomas & Hutton conducted numerous interviews, and held multiple public hearings to gain input from Town citizens, the existing businesses at Shem Creek, and Town Council members. Based on the input received at these meetings Thomas & Hutton crafted a master plan that included a greeting facility with restrooms and parking, a generous public walkway to experience the marsh and surrounding marine environment, a floating dock for recreational boaters and water taxies, and a commercial fishing dock to preserve and promote the fishing industry. In addition Thomas & Hutton designed a series of interpretive art to tell the story of Shem Creek, and educate the public on the sights and sounds of the surrounding marshes. Thomas & Hutton then used the master plan document to create a marina permit application and successfully permitted the facility through the Army Corp of Engineers, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

With the major permit approvals in hand Thomas & Hutton produced construction drawings and managed the construction process for the initial phase, which includes a greeting shelter with public restrooms, vehicular and bicycle parking, pedestrian pathways from Coleman Boulevard and Shrimp Boat Lane, new timber boardwalks, a portion of the fixed dock, a portion of the floating dock, and two shade structures. The new 2,100-foot timber boardwalk was designed to minimize its impact on the natural landscape and promote a fun and educational experience. It extends from the greeting shelter to the mouth of Shem Creek at Charleston Harbor. The covered seating area at the Harbor end offers stunning views of Fort Sumter, Crab Bank, the Ravenel Bridge, and sunset over the Harbor. Visitors travelling by boat can tie up along a 250-foot floating dock while enjoying a meal at one of the many fine restaurants on historic Shem Creek.