Pickens Recreation Department Youth Summer Day Camp 2014

The Pickens Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the Youth Summer Day Camp Program.                                                                                                                 summer camp

For more information and a printable registration form, Click Here.


Business License Renewals–Due May 31, 2014

We sincerely appreciate your business activity in the City of Pickens and hope you have a successful venture in our community.

As part of managing the business license process, we want to remind you that business license renewals are due on or before May 31, 2014.  For any payments on or after June 1, 2014, a five percent (5%) late penalty will be due on the unpaid fee for each month or portion thereof until paid.

For more information, you may contact Brittany Chapman at bchapman@pickenscity.com or 864-878-6421.

For more information on our website, Click Here.

Construction Begins on Town Creek Bike Park

The City of Pickens is excited to announce the commencement of construction on Town Creek Park.  Starting Monday, March 24, 2014 through April 18, 2014, the Playground of Promise, Tennis Courts and Town Creek Trail will be closed for construction.

For the full announcement on the construction on Town Creek Park, Click Here.


Council Member Carlton Holley Honored as Citizen of the Year

On Friday, February 21st, the Pickens Revitalization Association and the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce came together for the 2014 Annual Banquet to recognize businesses and individuals in Pickens.  Held at The Lighthouse Restaurant on Lake Keowee, the Banquet offered a night of fantastic food and jazz entertainment, provided by RazzMaJazz, for over 125 guests.

The event was sponsored by the following: City of Pickens, Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric Coop, Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens YMCA, Hiott for House, JR Automation, TD Bank, GateHouse Restaurant, Flowers by Virginia, Faith Lutheran Chapel and Meals on Wheels.  Thank you sponsors, for making this night possible!

In addition to great food and music, the Banquet offered a chance to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses in Pickens.  The Duke Energy Citizen of the Year Award was given to Carlton Holley, long-time Pickens resident who is passionately involved in several local organizations.  The Chamber Member of the Year was awarded to GateHouse Restaurant.  Pickens Revitalization Association awarded Jeannie Gilstrap as the Volunteer of the Year, Nestfeathers as the Community Business of the Year, and Oh Joy! as the best interior/exterior rehabilitation in Pickens.  Congratulations to all of our award winners and thanks for all you do to make Pickens great!

A big thank you to everyone who made this event special, from the attendees, award winners and sponsors, to the jazz band, board members and Lighthouse staff.  We look forward to another great banquet in 2015!

For a full copy of the press release by the Pickens Revitalization Association, click on the link below.
Annual Banquet Press Release (With Photos) 3-4-14

2014 Facade Improvement Grant Program–Applications Taken May 1st to August 1st

The City of Pickens Façade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP) provides financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners in the City Center and Gateway Overlay Districts that qualify for façade improvements.  The purpose of the Façade Improvement Program is to support the revitalization of the City’s Overlay Districts by stimulating private investments in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.

Applications will be taken from May 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014.  For more information, see the links below.

Resource Material for the Facade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP)

The Pickens Revitalization Association is available to assist potential applicants and answer questions at 864-878-0105.

Schedule for Trash, Recycling, Brush, Leaves, & Large Item Pickups

For more information on schedules for trash, recycling, & large item pickups (including holiday schedules), click on the link below.
Trash, Recycling, Brush, Leaves & Large Item Pickup Schedule (Including holiday Information)

For more information, contact City Hall at 878-6421 or visit the
Sanitation page of the City’s website at:

3rd Fridays in Pickens–Shop, Mingle, & Dine


3rdFridaysPoster(July 2013)

Come experience 3rd Fridays in Historic Pickens.  Enjoy a relaxing evening on the 3rd Friday of each month, rain or shine.  The hours are 6 to 9 PM and it is held year round.

Want proof of the growing social scene happening in Pickens, South Carolina? Look for one of the colorful 3rd Fridays posters and you’ll find a list of places to go. A casual atmosphere encourages people watching, eating at Pickens’ fantastic restaurants, mingling with friends and meeting new faces. There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the shops, restaurants and art galleries adding to the experience. After you visit all the galleries and shops, don’t miss the dining and nightlife that PIckens has to offer. Great area restaurants and cafés welcome you to enjoy dinner, drinks, good company and more.

PRA Announces Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

We hope you will consider sponsorship of one of our events here in Pickens!  We invite you to review the PRA Sponsorhip & Advertising Package which outlines each of our events and provide specific information about sponsorship levels.

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.  Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

Pickens has been fortunate to be selected as a Main Street community in South Carolina.  Main Street empowers residents and business owners with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Pickens Revitalization Association (PRA), is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of sustainable growth in Pickens’ historic downtown area.  A non-profit organization, Pickens Revitalization Association was formed as a unique preservation-based economic development tool.  The goals of the PRA are:
» to grow Pickens’ businesses and retail base
» to cultivate tourism
» to revitalize downtown
» to support overall city improvement initiatives
» to create, manage and support promotional events

It is this last goal for which we need your support!  Pickens Revitalization Association needs partners in order to develop and manage successful promotional events.  The quality and amount of events we host each year depends upon community support as well as partnership with Pickens Revitalization Association and the City of Pickens.  We invite you to partner with us to make Pickens an even better place to live, work and play!

Sponsorship of Pickens Revitalization Association and our events will provide you with the opportunity to:
» Strategically generate visibility for your business
» Invest in the community through quality programming
» Associate your business with a successful community development initiative
» Support our mission of revitalizing downtown Pickens

Please do not hesitate to contact Pickens Revitalization Association with any questions about the events, sponsorship or our programs.  You can contact us via email at pra.historicpickens@gmail.com, via phone at 864.878.0105 or by visiting our website at www.historicpickens.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!