Green Space & Protected Land
Tyger 10 Nature Park
The Tyger-10 Nature Park opened in June 2012, providing 10 acres of natural land and the first access point in Spartanburg County to the Tyger River for the public, but the beautiful property might have been destined for private development without the efforts of the Tyger River Foundation.
The Tyger River Foundation, established in 2007 to promote, protect and restore the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin, was actively searching for property on the Tyger River when Foundation President Julian Hankinson came across the owner of the 10 acres by chance. Situated in a strategic location where the four Tyger River branches converge, the property suited the Foundation's purposes perfectly. A loan was secured by a private foundation to secure the property in August 2009. A second grant from the SC Department of Natural Resources funded the construction of the parking lot and access to the river. Further development included trails as well as plants and trees accompanied by signage from the Upsy Daisy Garden Club.
“Now the public will have access to the river forever in a beautiful spot,” says Hankinson. “There are often at least 20 cars there on the weekends. We're very proud of that.”
The Foundation continued to look for opportunities to preserve land around the park. In August 2011, the Foundation approached the owner of five acres nearby, an unoccupied industrial site with a 5,000 square foot building. Their success in obtaining a grant allowed them to purchase the property and plans have been developed to convert the building into a nature/activity space and office space for the Foundation.
In July 2012, the Foundation took advantage of the opportunity to purchase an adjacent 50 acres from the Nesbitt family who bought the acreage in the early 1800s from Robert Rogers, an Irish emigrant who had been gifted the property as part of a royal land grant. The old home place on the property included in the sale has been preserved and is now occupied by a renter.
Now with 65 contiguous acres, the property is large enough to accommodate a legitimate educational nature center. The Foundation hopes to have all 65 acres open to the public within the next two years and to continue significant development there over the next 10 years.
“In most people's lifetimes, it will become obvious that it's great to have that acreage on a river,” Hankinson says. “I refer to it as Spartanburg's Central Park.”