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Park Project

Cessna 310 Now on Approach to Land at
Aviation Themed Community Park!

The Cessna was reassembled by volunteers from USAeroTech Aircraft Maintenance Training school!  
Thanks USAeroTech!

 
  
1st of 2 Rounds of Playground Equipment Installed!

         

                                           Greenville Tech's Aircraft Maintenance School          Educational Amphitheater
                                           transforms Boeing fuselage into the park entrance

                         

 

Original Park Design Rendering
 

The free, open to the public, aviation themed community park currently includes an educational amphitheater, exercise "Perimeter Taxiway" and walking "Runways" as well as aviation themed playground equipment for children 2 – 5 years old, a swing set, a Bi-plane  "Climber" and a Cessna 310 static display.  

A 15-foot cross section of a Boeing 737 fuselage is in the process of being transformed into a handicapped accessible park entrance.  Teacher and student volunteers from the Greenville Tech aircraft maintenance school are doing this work free of charge. 

The park is located at 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville SC, 29607. 

The park project was conceived to fill a need since over 10,000 school children a year used to visit our area’s local commercial airport, GSP before 9/11.  They can no longer do that due to security changes.  GMU receives many inquiries from large groups that would like to come out to the airport for a tour, but we were not always able to accommodate many of them since our facility would not accommodate 80-100 children.  This is the number that we are told that the school system needs to justify bus usage for a field trip. 

Our region is attracting many aviation companies and they are having a hard time finding skilled workers.  We believe that exposure to aviation may inspire some kids to enter engineering, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, or to become a pilot or CNC Machinist.  All of these are high paying jobs that are or will be needed to be filled locally.

Wolf Aviation Fund, The Daniel Mickel Foundation, Greenville Federal Credit Union, John I. Smith Charities, The Graham Foundation, The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Greenville Jet Center, Greenville Airport Commission, McKinney Dodge, Hollingsworth Funds,  Region's Bank, Arizona's Children's Charities, Inc., H. M. Pearl Kyle Foundation and many other people and organizations have donated to the park project.  We sincerely appreciate all the support we have received to get us this far.
 
     
               Design rendering of the playground set that we want to order for children 5 - 12 years old

We are now applying for grants, planning more fundraisers and seeking financial help to add aviation themed playground equipment for school aged children 5 - 12 years old, for the design and installation of educational signage and for a picnic pavilion that holds 80-100 people.

 

You can help by making a donation.  Different levels of sponsorship are also available and the largest donor may get to name the park!  All donation amounts are welcome.  All donations are tax deductible.  Checks made payable to the Greenville Airport Commission can be mailed or dropped off to the GMU office at:   100 Tower Drive, Unit 2, Greenville, SC 29607.

Questions?  please email LaraLKaufmann@gmail.com 

 

 

 

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