Land Trust seeks city funds to improve Sunrise Carriage Trail
The Charleston Land Trust is seeking financial help from the city for improvements to the Sunrise Carriage Trail not covered by the trust fund designated for the trail.
Land Trust member Mary Stanley told other members of the Land Trust board at its regular meeting Monday that improvements are needed for the trail in the areas of Justice Row and East Fern Road.
Stanley said that because of increased usage, more parking is needed.
"(The Land Trust) needs to expand that area to make it safer," she said.
In a document sent to Land Trust members detailing the proposed work, a project in the Justice Row area could also include installing informational weather-resistant displays and a "restoration of the so-called Tramp Trail." That trail extends up a steep incline from Justice Row to Myrtle Road.
Stanley also said that a portion of East Fern Road is deteriorating and will eventually need repair. Because part of that street abuts the Land Trust property, the Land Trust would like to see the road -- specifically the road's retaining wall -- repaired in a way that complements the Carriage Trail.
Restrictions placed on the Ayre Fund, which is the trust fund for the Carriage Trail, do not allow the Land Trust to spend that money on pieces of land not in the original tract (outside which both the Justice Row area and the East Fern Road area fall) nor does the fund allow for money to be spent on publicity, such as the Carriage Trail website.
Charleston City Manager Dave Molgaard said at the meeting that city departments may have funds available, and that Stanley should meet with city department heads as the first step in identifying funding for the mentioned projects.
In other business, the Land Trust board reviewed possible ownership of a seven-acre parcel of land near Ridgeview Drive in South Hills. The owner of the property informally said that he may be willing to give the property to the Land Trust. The Land Trust board decided to take no action on the property for the time being. Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Murphy@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.