When the Picnic Hangar is not reserved, it is available on a first come, first served basis. If you are using the Picnic Hangar, please be respectful and vacate the hangar BEFORE the reserved time period begins. It has been reported by those who rent the picnic hangar that some individuals have refused to leave the hangar during their reserved time period. Picnic hangar rental funds are used to maintain the park. No one will pay to use it unless it can be reserved for their exclusive use. Please be respectful . . . the people reserving the picnic hangar should not have to ask you to leave. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please read and abide by the rules posted at Runway Park. It has been reported that several people have been spotted with their pets in the park, which unfortunately we can't allow. Only clearly identifiable service dogs are allowed as covered by the American Disabilities Act. The rules are in place to help make Runway Park as clean, safe and enjoyable, as best we can, for the most people possible.
Runway Park at GMU is located at 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, SC 29607
Runway Park at GMU is free to use and open to the public. Runway Park is approximately 1.38 acres, has an educational amphitheater, exercise "Perimeter Taxiway" and walking "Runways", as well as aviation themed playground equipment, a swing set, airplane wings bench shade structure, a Bi-plane "Climber", a picnic hangar, benches, restrooms, water fountains and a Cessna 310 static display. A redecorated 15-foot cross section of a Boeing 737 fuselage and community supported park pavers make up the handicapped accessible park entrance.
The park project was conceived to fill a need since over 10,000 school children a year used to visit our area’s local commercial airport, GSP before 9/11. They can no longer do that due to security changes. GMU receives many inquiries from large groups that would like to come out to the airport for a tour, but we were not always able to accommodate many of them since our terminal facility would not accommodate 80-100 children. This is the number that we are told that the school system needs to justify bus usage for a field trip.
Our region is attracting many aviation companies and they are having a hard time finding skilled workers. We believe that exposure to aviation may inspire some kids to enter engineering, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, or become a pilot or CNC Machinist. All of these are high paying jobs that can be found locally.
Wolf Aviation Fund, The Daniel Mickel Foundation, Greenville Federal Credit Union, John I. Smith Charities, The Graham Foundation, The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Greenville Jet Center, Greenville Airport Commission, McKinney Dodge, Hollingsworth Funds, Region's Bank, Arizona's Children's Charities, Inc., H. M. Pearl Kyle Foundation and many other people and organizations have donated to the park project. We sincerely appreciate all the support we have received.
In the park, seventeen educational aviation signs cover items like: air traffic control, how aircraft achieve flight, parts of an aircraft, careers in the aviation industry, general aviation aircraft uses, gauges on aircraft instrument panels, how weather affects flight, etc... The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, South Carolina Aviation Association, Michelin and Lockheed Martin gave generous donations to help us with this part of the park project! See all the signs by clicking the tab to each of them on this park webpage.