The Michelin Corporate Foundation recently announced a $1 million donation to protect and restore a span of the Reedy River that runs through Greenville’s Unity Park, the largest contribution to the park project to date. As a global company, Michelin says it is committed to improving mobility for all, and this investment supports the company’s mission to provide a better way forward for the communities and employees where it operates.
The donation will impact the restoration of the half-mile section of the Reedy River that bisects Unity Park. Along its banks, an expansive nine-acre greenspace will be named Michelin Green. Adjacent to the park visitor center and as the central focal point of the park, Michelin Green will serve as Unity Park’s gathering place and lawn seating for the park’s outdoor stage.
“As a member of the Greenville business community for over 40 years, Michelin is honored to partner with the City of Greenville to bring this beautiful nine-acre space to life for Greenville residents and visitors alike,” said Joanie Martin, chief administrative officer at Michelin North America. “In the spirit of mobility that brings people together from all backgrounds and walks of life, we look forward to multiple generations of families that will enjoy fellowship and recreation throughout Michelin Green.”
The 60-acre Unity Park is a transformational public-private project on the west side of Greenville that will knit together historic downtown neighborhoods. The park will encourage recreation, inclusiveness, exercise and sociability. The city has set aside 8.3 acres of land it owns on the edges of the park for affordable housing.
“Michelin altered the economic trajectory of our community when it opened a tire plant in Greenville County and established its North American headquarters here in 1985,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White. “The vision of Francois Michelin, the grandson of the company’s founder, transitioned Greenville from a textile town to a diversified manufacturing city and paved the road for other international businesses to locate here.
“Almost 35 years later, the company is again helping to reshape our community with this generous grant from the Michelin Corporate Foundation to preserve green space and protect the Reedy River. The company’s partnership in the transformative Unity Park project adds to Francois Michelin’s legacy and Michelin’s extraordinary impact on the Upstate and our community.”