Anne Springs Close Greenway Celebrates Fifth Annual “Love the Greenway Month” this April with Return of Signature Programming and Events
- Celebrate April is Love the Greenway Month and the culmination of the 25th anniversary of the Anne Springs Close Greenway including a full line up of programs and activities
- Text “Greenway” to 515-55 for updates throughout the month
Fort Mill, SC, March 24, 2021 – The Anne Springs Close Greenway will celebrate its fifth annual “Love the Greenway Month” awareness and fundraising campaign during the month of April. The nature preserve will culminate its 25th anniversary year with programs and events spread throughout the month to encourage members and visitors alike to get out and explore new areas of the 2,100-acre recreational park. Celebrate the month with fun, new ways to Choose Your Own Adventure on the Greenway with self-guided activities such as the UnsynligO orienteering app, as well as on-site demonstrations, animal encounters, guided hikes, fishing and other programs planned for the month. Take the Get Your Selfie Outside® Challenge and pledge to spend more outside time than in this month, all while raising funds in support of the Greenway’s $25 for 25 Years Campaign and encouraging your family and friends to join in.
The Greenway’s annual Earth Day Celebration returns April 16-18 as a full weekend of opportunities to get outside and explore the Anne Springs Close Greenway through various programs and activities including fishing, canoeing, reptile encounters, lead-line horse rides and other festivities. Earth Day weekend is free for members and visitor fees are waived for non-members ($5 per car for non-members). Come see what makes the Anne Springs Close Greenway a celebrated community resource, providing a space for people to recreate and celebrate nature in a myriad of ways.
“In the last year we learned that in times of great anxiety and uncertainty, our community looked for a safe space outdoors to find respite, and they found it in the beautiful landscape of the Greenway. We celebrate April is Love the Greenway Month with a renewed appreciation for the land and that it will remain a sanctuary for members and guests for generations to come.”Alex Sullivan, chair, Anne Springs Close Greenway Board of Managers
Earth Day Calendar of Events – April 16-18:
Recycled Art Competition
Adopt-A-Stream Clean Up & Litter Patrol with Town of Fort Mill Stormwater Dept.
Lead-Line Horse Rides & Petting Zoo
Canoeing & Fishing Clinics
Border Collie Demos
Guided Hikes & Camping Demos
Earth Day Group Campout
Choose Your Own Adventure
Pick up a Love the Greenway Month passport that will help you explore each entrance and activities on the Greenway. Enjoy one of our many guided hikes, kayak programs and animal encounters, or just revel in the beauty of our protected green space. Users are encouraged to download the free UnsynligO orienteering app from their smartphones and explore various Greenway trails and points of interest. Choose from three different routes ranging in mileage.
Ways to Support the Greenway
The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which receives no tax dollars to improve, maintain or operate its facilities and programs. It is funded primarily by memberships, program fees and donations from individuals and corporations who support its mission “to connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities while fostering a passion for environmental conservation, animal habitat, and protection of natural resources.”
Become a Member
Join the Greenway and gain access to all the things that make the Anne Springs Close Greenway such a treasure. Celebrating more than 25 years of connecting people to nature through education, recreation and conservation, the Greenway provides members with year-round access to 2,100 acres complete with 36 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Other Greenway amenities include the Greenway Gateway Welcome Center & Gateway Canteen, historic cabins, along with pastoral landscapes, lakes, swinging bridges and other facilities that make the Greenway a special place to visit.
Please visit the Greenway website for more information and directions. The Greenway is currently open to the general public Monday through Thursday and to Greenway members-only Friday through Sunday in order to prevent overcrowding and encourage social distancing.
Support the $25 for 25 Campaign
Make a $25 donation to celebrate 25 years of the Greenway and help us reach our new goal of $100,000 by Earth Day. In the final weeks of the anniversary campaign, we are challenging our community to Get Your Selfie Outside®, while also raising important funds to support Greenway operations. Take the Get Your Selfie Outside® Challenge and see how much time you can spend outside this April. Make plans to spend more time OUTSIDE than IN by setting up your own giving page and sharing updates of your progress using #GYSOChallenge2021. With your help, we hope to reach our $100,000 goal (already $70k raised!) by the end of April, and spend a whole lot of time outside in the process. Get started today!
About the Anne Springs Close Greenway
The Anne Springs Close Greenway provides a place for the community to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from fishing, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to picnics, kayaking and more. The 2,100-acre nature preserve located in Fort Mill, SC is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and nature lovers to use its 36 miles of trails. The Anne Springs Close Greenway is owned and operated by Leroy Springs & Company Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that receives no government funding for its ongoing operations and programs. The Greenway relies on revenues from its endowment, membership and program fees, and private contributions from individuals, community and corporate partners, and other donors to fund operations and capital needs.