DuBois Park gets makeover

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Bluffton's DuBois Park is getting a little makeover with some cosmetic touches, bug-proofing improvements and new safety features.

Most of the park will remain open during the process, with specific areas closed to ensure public safety during construction.

"The need to renovate DuBois Park reflects how well everyone has thoroughly enjoyed this park," said Mayor Lisa Sulka in a press release. "On a daily basis, it is probably the busiest park in Bluffton. We hope to make it safer, more attractive and user-friendly."

Contractors are scheduled to renovate and rejuvenate its landscaping, hardscapes and irrigation system, and to install additional fencing, benches and lighting.

Town Manager Marc Orlando said the irrigation improvements include using an all-natural pest control product composed of cedar oil that will be distributed through the system.

Greenbug Inc., a Beaufort-based, family-owned company - and a graduate of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation - produces the cedar-based product that naturally repels fire ants, mosquitos, fleas, roaches and other insects.

Greenbug is safe for humans and wildlife.

The Greenery Inc. will add new landscaping and walkways and make the improvements to the irrigation system and lighting. In addition, more fencing and benches will be installed.

Orlando said South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is also scheduled to reduce the speed limit on Boundary Street to 25 mph from 30 mph and will install new signs indicating the change.

Construction began July 6 and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Work crews will be onsite at varied times and days.

DuBois Park is located at 67 Lawrence St. at Boundary Street.

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