FORT MILL — It might be hard to fit a 2,100-acre natural preserve into someone’s stocking, but the Anne Springs Close Greenway wanted to give it a shot.
Just in time for the holidays, the Greenway reduced the price on its annual membership fee. An annual membership fee for a family has been reduced to $99 and individual memberships are now $49. Previously, an annual membership was $120 and individual memberships were $65.
“It started out as a promotion for our fall festival and was received so well that we wanted to extend it to everyone,” said Greenway Operations Manager Buddy Faile. “Now, it’s our standard rate.”
Members receive year-round access to the Greenway, including its 36 miles of trails, fishing and kayaking, instead of having to pay a daily use fee. They also receive discounts and advance registration for summer camps and other programs, including the Greenway’s popular horseback riding camps. The trails can be used to hiking, biking an horseback riding.
The Greenway is also dog-friendly.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter and monthly e-newsletter with information about special events at the Greenway. The Greenway features special events year-round, including an annual Earth Day celebration, horse shows, regularly guided nature hikes, as well as an annual fall festival, craft festival and barbecue festival.
In 2012, the Greenway expanded its offerings by opening the Adventure Center near the Field Trial Barn, and offering Adventure Seekers Camp. The camps took children into the woods for age appropriate outdoor activities such as kayaking, geocaching, orienteering and hiking. The Greenway also added more guided hikes to their event calendar this year, as well as a low ropes course.
In 2013, the Adventure Seekers summer camp will double in size.
The Greenway has more to offer than ever, at a better price than ever, Faile said.
“It gives people an opportunity to become a member and experience the things we have to offer at a better price than we’ve had in a few years,” said Faile. “For less than $100, a family can be a member for a year. That’s really pennies a day.”
The Greenway is a 2,100 acre natural preserve that opened in 1995. It was donated for public use and habitat preservation by Anne Springs Close and her family, which ran the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years. It is home to hundreds of native plants and animals. The Nation Ford Road, a major trade route that was part of the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, passes through the Greenway.
For more information, go to www.ascgreenway.com.