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About Heyward Community Park

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The Heyward Community-based mission is to improve living conditions and overall standard of health in one of the Calhoun County's oldest rural communities(Sandy Run).

The Heyward Community Park is committed to work with community resource groups and individuals to re-energize cultural, physical, and economic activity in the area, to increase access and utilization of health care for medically under-served area rural residents(elders and children), and to restore a sense of place and community to its residents.


Heyward Community Park will be a leading resource for recreational choices that help communities enjoy life while contributing to their health and well-being.


The Heyward Community Park, formerly known as Carolina Eastman Park, was built by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1962. Situated on Savory Hunt Creek Road near the former Eastman plant, it was built primarily for the use of Eastman's employees and retirees.

Eastman sold all holdings, with exception of the park, to DAK Americas LLC in 2011.  In 2013 Heyward AME Church made an agreement with Eastman, and now Heyward is the sole owner of the park. Today Heyward continues to serve the communities while looking brightly to the future of the park and surrounding resources.

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