Landscape Services

The Landscape Services Department, a 14-member division of Facilities Management, provides the following services on the Spartanburg campus of USC Upstate: Landscape planning, design, construction and maintenance; design, planting and care of gardens; management and enhancement of the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and the Rotary International Peace Park; planting of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals; maintenance of parking areas, sidewalks, streets, pathways; installation and maintenance of irrigation lines and landscape lighting; yard waste and recycling services; campus litter cleanup; and snow removal.

The University of South Carolina Upstate landscape profile includes:

  • 330 total acres
  • 200 total acres of greenspace
  • 130 species of trees in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum
  • 140 species of shrubs, with 60 percent of those planted in the Arboretum
  • 25,000+ square feet of planting beds
  • 4 miles of streets where we are responsible for landscape maintenance
  • 1.2 miles of paved sidewalks
  • 3,089 parking spots
  • 6 soccer fields including County University Soccer Stadium
  • Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park
  • Cyrill Softball Stadium
  • 12-acre Susan Jacobs Arboretum, a 300-seat amphitheater, a meandering creek and 12 separate garden areas/plant collections
  • 6-acre USC Upstate Rotary International Peace Park, with pond, fountain, amphitheater, two walking bridges, a waterfall, 400 trees, benches, various gardens, walking paths, conifer collection and ornamental grasses.
Main Campus

The central areas of campus feature numerous points of interest.

The Smith Waterfall

SmithWaterfallPicture Built in the spring of 2008, The Smith Waterfall can be found along the sidewalk between the Smith Building and Media Center. The area containing the rock waterfall and a handicapped ramp was planted with 127 conifers, 150 perennials and about 20 trees donated by Bill Cobb. The trees include hollies, cedars, Japanese maples and Italian Cypress.

The Rose Terrace

RoseTerracePinkRose Located on the main quad side of the Stockwell Administration Building are 21 'Peace' variety hybrid tea roses that are estimated to be about 20 to 25 years old. As graduating seniors accept their diplomas at May Commencement Exercises, the roses provide a picturesque backdrop for many priceless graduation photos.

The Environmental Park

EnvironmentalParkPicUSC Upstate Landscape Services and Campus Crusade for Christ teamed up to install one of the best landscapes on campus. The rock conifer garden is located on the lower quad, near the Smith Waterfall in a high visibility area. Plant materials include a large conifer collection, perennials, and grasses, as well as large rock obtained from campus construction. The garden, located in a full sun area, encompasses two planted areas which straddle a large pedestrain sidewalk.

Howell Athletic Complex

The Howell Athletic Complex is located in the northern section of the campus and includes the County University Soccer Stadium, USC Upstate Soccer Complex, Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Stadium, Softball Stadium and Tennis Complex.

With its development, all athletic venues are now housed on campus creating a greater sense of a campus community. The Howell Athletic Complex is one of the Southeast's top sports venues and it also acts as a catalyst for student recruitment and will attract a greater number of students and the public to athletic events.

USC Upstate Soccer Complex

UpstateSoccerFieldThe USC Upstate Soccer Complex stands as an illustration of the relationship between USC Upstate and the Spartanburg community. Since its opening in 2001, the USC Upstate Soccer Complex has been the site of Peach Belt Conference Tournament games for men's and women's soccer and hosted NCAA Tournament games in 2002 and 2003. In addition, the facility, along with the youth soccer fields, have hosted national and regional Olympic Development Program camps as well as the Canadian Women's National Team. Recently, the soccer facilities have been the host site for the NSCAA coaching certification clinics.

The USC Upstate Soccer Complex was officially completed with the opening of the University Readiness Center in May 2003. The building houses five locker rooms, a concession stand, hospitality suites, and public restrooms for the use of the men's and women's soccer programs.

Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Stadium

HarleyBaseballParkOne of the best baseball facilities in the state of South Carolina, Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park was opened in 2004. A Field of Dreams for USC Upstate ballplayers, the facility includes a practice infield and a facility with three batting cages along with the 500-seat stadium proper and a full press box. 

The park was named in honor of local philanthropist and businessman, Cleveland S. Harley. Harley is a longtime supporter of the University and was an original member of the Spartanburg County Commission of Higher Education that was responsible for founding the institution. He and his family have been instrumental in the growth of the University and, in particular, the athletics program.

USC Upstate opened the Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park with the first game on Feb. 1, 2004, a doubleheader sweep of Tusculum.

Cyrill Softball Stadium

CyrillSoftballUSC Upstate has been fortunate to partner with individuals to create some of the more impressive athletic facilities in the region and, arguably, the nation. It goes without saying that the softball stadium is one such facility thanks to the efforts of Frank Cyrill.

Cyrill had a vision to create one of, if not the, best softball facilities in the South, regardless of NCAA Division status. After several long hours of manual labor put in by Cyrill and head softball coach Chris Hawkins, along with the help of select other people and companies, Cyrill stadium opened in 2002.

Cyrill Stadium has received numerous awards since its completion. The facility earned the 2006 NFCA/TURFACE National Field Maintenance Award and was named the Sports Turf Manager's 2006 and 2015 College Softball Field of the Year. It also received several South Carolina Sports Turf Managers Association Field of the Year Awards. In December of 2003, Cyrill Stadium was honored with a regional TURFACE Field Maintenance Award.

USC Upstate Tennis Complex

USCUpstateTennisCourtsThe USC Upstate Tennis Complex is a lighted, 12-court facility that has been the home of some of college tennis’ best competition in its brief seven-year history. The tennis clubhouse offers locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams, and restroom facilities.

In addition to both USC Upstate tennis teams having posted unconditional success at the home courts since the facility was fully completed in 2005, the tennis complex has been the home to four NCAA Tournaments and two Peach Belt Conference Championships. In addition, the complex has hosted USTA events and the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

Among other memorable moments at the complex, the Upstate men have won more than 85 percent of their matches at the venue and the women have won more than 60 percent. The women also posted a 29-match winning streak at the venue that stretched from February 2007 to April 2009.


Susan Jacobs Arboretum


The 12-acre Susan Jacobs Arboretum is at the center of the University of South Carolina Upstate Campus, and it bridges the established quadrangles of the south end of campus with the massive newly-constructed Health Education Complex to the north.

The Arboretum is a place of serene natural beauty with a 300-seat ampitheatre, lighted walkways, foliage indigenous to the area, a meandering creek and a bog garden fed by a trickling stream. Within the next five years it is the goal of the University for the Susan Jacobs Arboretum to achieve membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

To meet the requirements for membership the Arboretum needs a variety of bedding plants, ornamental plants, azalea gardens, native plant selections and an assortment of trees. To help the University meet this goal, consider a donation of funds to purchase trees and plants to fill out the inventory. Our University Advancement Office works together with the Landscape Services team to ensure that the plant or tree you select is a healthy specimen, planted properly and maintained lovingly throughout the year.

Stephen Howard works exclusively on the Arboretum year-round. From time to time, he has student help. 

This  landscape architect's rendering of the Arboretum depicts the 12 garden areas that make up the entire site. 

Rotary International Peace Park

Rotary Park

The USC Upstate Rotary International Peace Park is a beautiful six-acre park on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate. The park is a place to relax, contemplate, watch, wish and pray for peace and understanding. And it is the job of Landscape Services to make sure that the plants and trees thrive in this developing environment.

The Upstate Rotary Peace Park is made possible by a unique partnership between USC Upstate and four Spartanburg area Rotary Clubs (North Spartanburg, Spartanburg West, Inman and East Spartanburg) and was officially dedicated on April 17, 2008. The park already boasts 400 planted trees, a seeded lawn with sprinklers, various gardens, park benches, walking paths an outdoor classroom ampitheatre, a conifer collection, shrub roses, ornamental grasses, two boardwalk/bridges and a fountain in the small lake.

Irrigation for the park includes 18 zones of rotor, spray and drip irrigation. The pond has a 5 HP Otterbine lighted floating fountain to keep the water oxygenated.

Visit the  USC Upstate Rotary Peace Park Web site.