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In January 1937, efforts began to establish Greene Springs Park along Green Mill Run in Greenville, North Carolina. With the coming of World War II, park work ceased until the 1950s, and by 1958 the park was complete and open to the community.
In January 1937, 35 acres was obtained by the City for a municipal park on the outskirts of Greenville (now Fifth Street). The property on Greene Mill Run was given by James Brown and wife to the City with the provision that a park be maintained and developed thereon known as “Greene Springs Park.” Several additional acres were donated by J. R. and J. N. Williams and another piece of high ground was bought from Mrs. Nora Heath. The park was developed with WPA funds and the help of the Woman's Club and a garden club.
Gary Fenton, Greenville’s Recreation and Parks director, has big dreams for the city’s green spaces. Over the past ten years, Fenton has helped to enhance the parks and greenways. He’s currently working to develop a pedestrian bridge across the Tar River, which he believes will be an economic game changer.