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Oakland Pipeline Segment of the East Cooper Trail Coming to Fruition

East Cooper Land Trust is working to facilitate a public/private/nonprofit partnership that would enable a 1-mile section of public trail to be built.  Right now, there is an opportunity to create an important connection for the East Cooper Trail, the Oakland Pipeline Segment.  Mount Pleasant Waterworks is currently upgrading a sewer line off Highway 17 in front of Oakland Shopping Center as part of their Capital Improvement Plan.  This has created a cleared route that could be paved to create an off-road multi-use path.  As mitigation, $150,000 is being provided by Mount Pleasant Waterworks to the East Cooper Land Trust.  We will use this as match to fund raise for another $150,000 for the trail’s construction.  The funding will need to come from a variety of sources, including grants and foundations, but community support will be the most important piece of this effort.  This could come in the form of financial contributions or in-kind services. Our goal is to raise the money needed by the end of 2017.
 
The completed East Cooper Trail will connect downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Awendaw, and McClellanville, providing residents and visitors a fun and healthy way to explore the culture and nature of East Cooper.  A series of connected multi-use trail segments will provide non-motorized transportation options as well as active recreation opportunities.  With rising traffic concerns stemming from ongoing development projects throughout the region, there has never been a greater need for alternative transportation options. 
 
The project has the support of Charleston Moves “Battery to Beach”, Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission “People 2 Parks”, the East Coast Greenway, and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments “Walk-Bike BCD.”  The result would be the completion of a very important segment of a trail that will add to the success of each of these bike/ped plans.
 
Trails have a direct impact on many facets of a community.  The full build-out of the East Cooper Trail will impact a variety of health, environmental, tourism, property value, and transportation factors that will affect the lives of East Cooper residents and visitors.  Please show your support with a donation.

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