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New park would extend Greenville 'West End'

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Some of the area along Hudson Street that might be made into a new park. (Sept. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Some of the area along Hudson Street that might be made into a new park. (Sept. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
An aerial view of where the park is proposed along Hudson St. near the Kroc Center. An aerial view of where the park is proposed along Hudson St. near the Kroc Center.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville is a path for those who like to walk, run or ride their bikes.

"It's very accessible from my home. I live in downtown Greenville," Lee Willard said.

He often rides along the trail and said he sees great possibilities for new development in the area. 

"You go out and enjoy a 10-mile ride easily and go from Greenville to Travelers Rest," Willard said.

And Greenville city leaders are also looking at the area.

"Once we remove Public Works to a new location we need to focus on the real potential in this area which is to be a wonderful new park with green space in the middle of the city," said Greenville Mayor Knox White.

On Thursday, White said the proposal for a new park sits just off Hudson Street.

SLIDESHOW: See the area for the proposed park

"It's a really beautiful area, it runs along the river itself," White said.

The Reedy River flows between the proposed area for the park and A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School. It also sits near the Kroc Center and the Kroc Center Tennis Courts.

"But I think in this project we have to look at not only the up-front cost with hospitality taxes to create the park, but we're also looking ahead to what the benefits we'd have," White said.

White said the idea is to move the Greenville Public Works Department to another area and use its existing space to revitalize what's known as the Far West End. He said if the plan is approved he hoped new housing would move to the area as well.

And Lee Willard said he likes the idea of a new park.

"Who would think Greenville, a textile town, would be a tourist attraction, but it certainly is and this trail and our parks are part of it," Willard said.

If the plan is approved, the park could be as big as Cleveland Park. White said the park could possibly be paid for with hospitality tax dollars.

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