The Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, South Carolina will celebrate its Grand Opening with three community events in June: The Dedication to a Vision of Hope & Healing – A free public ribbon-cutting and recognition ceremony on Friday, June 1st , The Garden Party – a ticketed fund-raising soiree in the park on Saturday, June 2nd, and a free public Cancer Survivors Day Celebration throughout the park on Sunday, June 3rd.
The Dedication to a Vision of Hope & Healing will be held within the Cancer Survivors Park atop the Celebration of Hope Pavilion at 11:00 AM. Community leaders will share the story of the creation of the park and the plans for the Center for Hope & Healing followed by a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial recognition of key donors: The Greenville Health System and the David Cline family as well as the many other partners whose contributions have made the Cancer Survivors Park possible. The public is welcome to attend.
The Garden Party will be an elegant evening of music, morsels and meandering. Guests will be able to sample creative offerings by Chef360 Catering, beverages by Uptown Company and musical entertainment by Trey Francis. As they wander through the multiple garden spaces within the Cancer Survivors Park, they will be able to hear stories about the design and meaning of the park, watch artists in action and experience the rejuvenating power of this beautiful natural setting nestled alongside the Reedy River. This fund-raising event will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Individual tickets are $125. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available online at Cancersurvivorspark.org/the-garden-party. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance and its educational programs.
This year’s Cancer Survivors Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Cancer Survivors Park. Activities will include insider walking tours of the park, yoga classes, arts and crafts, children’s activities, an art display and light refreshments. A special survivor recognition ceremony and photo is scheduled for 2:32 PM atop the Celebration of Hope Pavilion. The event is free to the general public; registration is requested but not required.
The Cancer Survivors Park is a recently-transformed, multi-gardened oasis connecting Greenville’s Falls Park and Cleveland Park along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Designed as a space for respite and rejuvenation as well as inspiration and celebration, the Park emphasizes the healing power of nature and the hope that blossoms from connecting with others who have traveled the healing journey. The Grand Opening weekend is a celebration of the completion of the physical park spaces. Additional features such as benches, sculpture, and healing areas will be added over the next several months. The Center for Hope & Healing, located within the Cancer Survivors Park, will begin hosting educational classes and healing arts programs by the Fall and will incorporate a comprehensive resource referral and prevention center by early 2019.
Kay Roper, Executive Director of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, states: “We are excited to be celebrating a significant milestone – the transformation of a challenged piece of property into a beautiful park. We still have much to do as we transition from bricks and mortar to a focus on incorporating the creative features, programs and resources that are the essence of our vision – creating a space for hope & healing.”