The Anne Springs Close Greenway has broken ground on a new capital project, the Domtar Forest Porch. The Domtar Forest Porch will serve as an extension of the Greenway Gateway and will sit adjacent to the new welcome center that opened this past July. This newest Greenway facility will be located alongside the historic Nation Ford Road at the Greenway’s main entrance off of Highway 21 Bypass and will provide additional space for visitors to gather and enjoy the surrounding natural splendor.
The new facility is made possible by a significant gift from Domtar Corporation, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America, a leading manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp, and a producer of high-quality and innovative absorbent hygiene products. The company, which operates its corporate headquarters in Fort Mill’s Kingsley Office Park, employs close to 10,000 across North America.
“The Forest Porch represents Domtar’s commitment to the local community and the legacy of the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Our company’s mission to serve as a world-class industry leader while positively impacting our communities is made possible through partnerships like this one, and we are extremely proud to see what this new amenity will bring to our local community, said John D. Williams, President & CEO of Domtar.
“Domtar is a valued corporate partner of the Anne Springs Close Greenway, spanning over many years,” said Samantha Kowert, Advancement Director, Anne Springs Close Greenway. “The Forest Porch will provide a space for our community to gather and enjoy nature and elevate the experience we are able to provide on property without diminishing from the incredible natural elements of the land we seek to preserve.”
The new Greenway amenity will be comprised of a garden platform deck utilizing sustainably harvested wood, along with a stone stream bed, gravel courtyard, rock seat wall and formal event lawn.