April is Love the Greenway Month
Fort Mill, SC, March 13, 2017 – The Anne Springs Close Greenway today announced the launch of its first annual “Love the Greenway” public awareness and community fundraising campaign. The public is invited to participate in special events planned throughout the month of April at the Greenway to promote and celebrate the beautiful 2,100-acre nature preserve and recreational park in Fort Mill, SC.
"The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a wonderful natural treasure and outdoor recreational destination that attracted more than 256,000 visitors last year," said Jan Martin, chair of the Greenway's board of managers. “This campaign is a great opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the rich heritage of the Greenway and the vision of our inspirational leader, Anne Springs Close, a nature lover and one of the Carolinas’ foremost environmentalists and philanthropists whose family donated the land for the Greenway to conserve and protect it for the perpetual use and enjoyment of the public.”
This year’s campaign will feature two family oriented special events on the Greenway – the “Blue Star Blitz” on April 1, a grassroots hike-a-thon fundraiser on the popular 7.2-mile Blue Star trail, and the Greenway’s annual “Earth Day Celebration” on April 22, a free outdoor event celebrating nature with music, entertainment and fun activities for the whole family. Both events will be staged at the Comporium Amphitheater located near the Dairy Barn entrance to the Greenway.
The Blue Star Blitz hike-a-thon will be held rain or shine on April 1, beginning at 9 a.m. Participants can sign up to hike, walk or run the entire trail (7.2 miles) or participate in the Half Blitz (3.5 miles) beginning at 10:30 a.m., or the Fun Blitz (half-mile paved trail) at 11 a.m. To set up a fundraising team or make a donation, participants can text BLITZ to 717-77. All participants raising $100 or more will receive a free T-shirt and selfie stick.
The Blue Star Blitz seeks to raise $211,000, which represents one dollar for every foot of the Greenway's 40 miles of trails. Hikers and non-hikers are welcome to participate and enjoy entertainment at the Comporium Amphitheater, including DJ Nigel throughout the morning along with food trucks and family friendly activities. Matt Stratford Trio performs at 11 a.m. and the Blitz Biergarten featuring craft beer from more than a dozen area breweries begins at noon (ticket info here). Shutterfly is presenting partner for the event.
Greenway visitors can share their best photos and win great prizes during the “Get Your Selfie Outside”™ Photo Contest in April using #GetYourSelfieOutside.
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. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and nature lovers to use its 40 miles of trails.
The Greenway also offers a myriad of nature-focused educational programs and special events throughout the year. The Comporium Amphitheater hosts a popular live concert series each summer, and other community favorites include the Fall Frolic festival, Fiddle n’ Pig Shindig (barbecue and bluegrass) and the Winter Wonderland Craft Show.
Another major Greenway attraction is the 12-acre Mary Warner Mack Dog Park, which is one of the region’s premier dog parks featuring separate play areas for small and large dogs and a large fenced-in natural area with hiking trails and lake access.
The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a not-for-profit organization that receives no government funding for its ongoing operations and programs. It relies on revenues from its endowment, and from membership and program fees, and private contributions from individuals, community and corporate partners, and other sponsors to fund operations and capital needs.