Lake Bowen Park Improvements

Renovations underway ensure safety for all visitors to Lake Bowen - from walkers to boaters.

Lake Bowen Park Improvement Project

Lake Bowen Park Improvement Project

Over the past decade, our Lake Bowen Park has become a special destination for the local community. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors who enjoy the many wonderful recreation opportunities – including boating – and this number continues to grow every year.

In an effort to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all visitors, Spartanburg Water System has completed numerous projects that touch the entire park.

One of our greatest focuses is on safety. By adding additional parking spaces around the upper loop of the park, and designating that area’s boat landing for non-motorized watercraft, we can now separate vehicle traffic and visitors enjoying the park for non-boating purposes.

For those visiting the park with motorized watercraft, we have added an additional boat landing and parking for 77 vehicles with boat trailers at the lower portion of the park. This also allows for a safer separation of visitors and vehicles, while allowing for more direct access for those using these two boat landings.

Our project schedule is projected to be completed in twelve months, divided into two phases – the first focusing on the construction and paving projects; with the second focusing on landscaping and other shoreline improvements. Phase I is complete as of July 1, 2021, with the second phase expected to be completed in Fall 2021.

Our park playground and restrooms remain open, unless our team determines it is a safety risk –in which case any closure would last for a very short period of time.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to preserve water quality and invest in one of our community’s favorite destinations.

Planned projects fall into the following categories:

Safety

  • Enhanced traffic flow around the park to better separate those visiting the park for boating, and those walking, picnicking, fishing and enjoying the playground. This includes the addition of parking spaces around the upper loop of the park for vehicles without boat trailers.
  • Designation of an existing boat ramp in the upper loop for non-motorized watercraft.

Improvements

  • Construction of a dedicated parking area for vehicles with boat trailers.
  • Construction of an additional boat ramp, and relocation of an existing dock to locate all launching and retrieval of motorized watercraft within a centralized area.

Environment

  • Installation of a curb-gutter system and stormwater outlet improvements to reduce the environmental impacts of stormwater run-off.
  • Landscaping improvements to enhance shoreline stabilization.

 

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