A Berkeley County swamp park closed since last October’s devastating floods now has a plan to reopen.
Berkeley County Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a master reconstruction plan for Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner.
County spokesman Michael Mule told South Carolina Radio Network the work will be done in two phases. That includes work on the pedestrian trails, boat landing, butterfly house, visitor’s center, cottage, restrooms and other action items necessary to reopen the park at the earliest opportunity possible, which Mule said is no later than April 2018.
“We have been working diligently with our insurance, with (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), with other funding sources to try and get Cypress Gardens open as quickly as possible,” Mule said.
The county council also set aside $1 million to help fund both phases.
“Based on the latest engineering reports and associated scopes of work, we believe there is at least a year delay. And we hope and anticipate for residents and tourists to be able to enjoy the nature areas of the park,” said Mule.
Once the work gets started they anticipate having the park reopened on or before April of 2018.
County council also approved $1 million for the first two phases.