2014 Fall State of the Greenway Weekend: Charleston- Nov 7th & 8th

Register today! November 7 & 8 we will be hosting the 2014 Fall State of the Greenway Summit in Charleston, SC. A draft weekend agenda is now available below.

Charleston Maritime Center (Photo: Archinect.com)

Friday, November 7

11 am: East Coast Greenway press conference (Charlotte Street Park) Dennis Markatos-Soriano (ECGA Executive Director), Mike Seekings (Charleston City Council Member, District 8).

12 pm -2:30pm: Bicycle ride along the East Coast Greenway departing from downtown Charleston, across the Cooper River to Sullivan’s Island and back. Approximately 21 miles roundtrip. Check in begins at 11am. Free for ECGA members, $20 for non-members and includes a 1-year individual membership. Space is limited! Click to register. Need to rent a bike? See note after hotel information. 

Evening Reception: 5-7 pm, East Coast Greenway reception at Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC. Click to register.

Saturday, November 8

PLEASE NOTE: the ECGA meetings on Saturday are open to all who wish to attend. Registration via email is required: RSVP to debbie@greenway.org; box lunch provided for a small fee,  please let Debbie know if you’d like a lunch.

Location: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC

8:30 am Coffee (30 mins)

9:00 am Welcome: Dennis Markatos-Soriano (ECGA Executive Director), Vonie Gilreath (on behalf of SC State Committee), Eric Weis (ECGA Trail Program Coordinator)

9:15 am Trail Program Progress Report: Eric Weis 15 mins

9:30 am Special Guest speakers:

  • J. Herman Blake, Ph.D. (Acting Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission)
  • Jean Crow Crowther (Associate, Alta Planning + Design)

10:30 am Stretch Break

10:40 am South Atlantic Region: Niles Barnes (South Atlantic Region Coordinator) & State Representatives

11:20 am Southeast Region Report: Herb Hiller (Southeast Region Consultant) & State Representatives

11:50 am Mid-Atlantic Region Report: Andy Hamilton (Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator) & State Representatives

12:20 pm New England Region: Molly Henry (New England Coordinator) & State Representatives

12:45 pm Lunch Break and walk: on site

Annual Members Meeting

2:00 Election of Board members, financial report, member open forum: David Read (Chair, Board of Trustees, ECGA) & Dennis Markatos-Soriano

2:20 10th Anniversary Photo Essay on the Inaugural End-to-End Bicycle Tour of the East Coast Greenway

ECGA Trail Council Meeting

2:30 Call to Order: Anne Maleady (Trail Council Chair)

2:35 Review of Minutes, April 2014 Trail Council Meeting: Anne Maleady (for Tony Barrett, Secretary)

2:40 Procedure Regarding “de-designation” of Trails: Eric Weis

2:55 Trail Designations: Eric Weis

3:40 Break

4:30 Adjourn

Dinner and Social

5:00 Post-meeting social (with dinner to follow): Bay Street Biergarten – 549 East Bay Street

Hotel suggestions:

Downtown Charleston Hotels:

Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St. Price: $289-312 / night

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District 125 Calhoun St. Price: $379-$499 / night

Charleston Hostels

Two locations 156 Spring St and 33 Cannon St http://notsohostel.com/ Rates ~$30; Private rooms $71 – $125 / night

North Charleston options (closer to airport)

Clarion Inn (between airport and downtown) 3640 Dorchester RoadNorth Charleston. Price: $90 – $149/night 

Hampton Inn (airport4701 Saul White Blvd., North Charleston, $129/night

Spring Hill Suites (north of airport) 7535 North Forest Dr. Price: $85-125 / night

West Ashley Hotel option (on other side of Legare Bridge)

Residence Inn 90 Ashley Point Dr $199-249 / night

Bike Rental: 

Two recommended options:

1. Trek Bicycle Store of Mt. Pleasant. Road bicycle rental (limited hybrids available).  Address: 1180 Oakland Market Rd Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Phone: (843) 881-0013

You may be reserve a road bike by calling (843) 881-0013 or filling out a request online. Please have ready your size when reserving. Also, be sure to state that this is for the East Coast Greenway November 7th ride. Trek Bicycle Store of Mt. Pleasant will be dropping off and picking up the bikes if your request is only for the Nov 7th ride. If you would like to keep your rental longer, you must ask for separate arrangements to be made. Riders who want to reserve a hybrid bike should contact Chris Clark directly at 225 931-6758 or chris@trekbikesofmountpleasant.com

2. Afford-a-Bike: Hybrid bicycle rentals. Address: 573 King Street Charleston, SC 29403 Phone: (843) 789-3281. If renting from Afford-a-bike, you must arrange your own pickup and drop off.