City, county receive Duke grants
Duke Energy announced last week it will invest more than $350,000 in projects that help preserve and enhance the state’s natural places. This includes grants for up to $10,000 for beautification and safety improvements of parks and trails to 22 nonprofits and government entities.
Among those receiving grants were the City of Florence, Florence County and Kalmia Gardens in Hartsville.
The City of Florence plans to use the funds to extend a boardwalk and install a partially covered platform in the Jeffries Creek watershed.
“During this health crisis, having safe recreational opportunities for the citizens of Florence is more important than it has ever been,” said Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela. “We are very thankful Duke Energy has provided the city with this grant to expand those amenities and continue our efforts in expanding our trail systems.”
Florence County plans to use the funds for outdoor exercise equipment and a recycled rubber surface at Lake City Park.
Kalmia Gardens plans to improve the boardwalk near the regenerative stormwater conveyance system. The gardens will also receive a nature grant to support an augmented reality topobox that will teach properties of topography, hydrology and land management.