Cancer Survivors Park


The transformation of the Cancer Survivors Park stands in stark contrast to what it once was - an overgrown connection from Cleveland Park to Falls Park in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC.

As the Construction Manager At-Risk for Cancer Survivors Park, Harper worked diligently with Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, the City of Greenville, designers, engineers, and trade partners not only during preconstruction but also through the completion of construction for this beautiful garden and park. Harper's Environmental Systems Division (ESD) also performed significant improvements to the existing sewer line running across the Reedy River and through the new park location. Upgrades included rehabilitation of the existing concrete piers and removal of an old metal bridge over the river.

Harper worked to replace the old metal gate with the Spirit Bridge, a 12-foot-wide, 135-foot-long concrete and steel bridge supported by large stone abutments. The new bridge with lighted steel cable handrails required an erection of 50 tons of steel across the Reedy River.

Other features of the park include:

  • The Celebration Pavilion - part sculpture and part structure - that serves as the focal point of the park. Illuminated ribs of stainless steel sweep 50 feet into the air and provide a visible beacon of hope for the are. The 3,000 SF, open-air upper level gathering space will accommodate 125 people for large event.
  • The Survivorship Center, located below the Celebration Pavilion is a 2,000 SF enclosed heated and cooled space designed to host a variety of educational and community events.
  • A two-level Children's Garden centered around a bronze lion and child sculpture called "Fear Not," designed by local artist Charles Pate, Jr.
  • Other specialty gardens including The Gathering Place with a survivor bell, The Banks of the Reedy with a small amphitheater, The Shadow Garden, and Healing Garden

What People Are Saying

“The Harper team has been on-board throughout the entire process - from concept to design to construction. Their ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and deal with challenging site issues as well as multiple stakeholders has been remarkable. The quality of their work has exceeded our expectations and allowed us to just not create another beautiful park for Greenville, but lay the foundations for a unique space for healing for generations to come.”

Diane Gluck
CSPA Founder, Construction Coordinator
(for Cancer Survivors Park)