When you visit Runway Park at GMU, PLEASE PARK IN THE UNPAVED LOT ON THE RIGHT side of the park. Want the park's parking lot paved? So do we! Please consider donating to the park project! We are now raising money to level and pave the park's parking lot! For details see below.
Runway Park at GMU is located at 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, SC 29607. It is free to use and open to the public, has an educational amphitheater, exercise "Perimeter Taxiway" and walking "Runways", as well as aviation themed playground equipment, a swing set, airplane wings bench shade structure, a Bi-plane "Climber", a picnic hangar, benches and a Cessna 310 static display.
A redecorated 15-foot cross section of a Boeing 737 fuselage and community supported park pavers have been installed. A new gate and park sign will be added to become part of a new handicapped accessible park entrance.
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.
Seventeen educational aviation signs have been installed! They cover items like: air traffic control, how aircraft achieve flight, parts of an aircraft, careers in the aviation industry, general aviation aircraft uses, gauges on aircraft instrument panels, how weather affects flight, etc... The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, South Carolina Aviation Association, Michelin and Lockheed Martin gave generous donations to help us with this part of the park project! See all the signs by clicking the tab to each of them on this park webpage.
Park restrooms will be added in 2016!
We are now applying for grants, planning more fundraisers and seeking financial assistancve to level and pave the park's parking lot. Please consider donating today!