News 12 at 11 o'clock, September 20, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C..-- Three years in the works and now the renovations and additions to Riverview Park in North Augusta will soon become a reality. The 4.3 to 4.5 million dollar plans were rolled out on Monday evening along with the long-range plans to build another new park near Walnut Lane.
News 12 talked with Joseph Martin, the athletic director for Victory Christian School about the upcoming plans and changes. He says he's thrilled at the news.
"We've used every facility that they have from the soccer fields to the baseballs fields," said Martin. "But we could still use more fields."
Martin's wish will soon become a reality. At a study session and meeting on Monday evening many who live in North Augusta had a chance to get the first look at plans to improve Riverview Park and a new facility, Northview Park.
"It's an exciting time for us in North Augusta,"said Bob Brooks, Director of Parks and Recreation and Leisure Services for North Augusta.
Brooks showed News 12 a preview of what's to come.
"This is one of the few times that we will really are going to meet the needs of our people by upgrading facilities in North Augusta," said Brooks.
In the near future, events held at Riverview Park from the Nike Peach Jam to Cal Ripken's Southeastern Tournament will have new courts, new fields,new scoring towers and new parking. A new gym and Riverview Park Activities Center is on the way too. The project is funded by the sales tax.
The new park that will be built later - named Northview Park - would be built less than a mile from Walnut Lane, not far down Five Notch Road. If it is approved, that project will have a 13 million dollar price tag. Brooks says the location puts a facility closer to where couples and children live.
"Northview offers the opportunity for both passive recreation and active recreation," added Brooks.
Martin says he supports the growth and says he believes the new additions will help the community grow even more.
"I live over in that area, so I love the idea of having another park and recreation center," said Martin. "I've coached here, I've played here, I have been a fan here and I think North Augusta is doing a great job and I look forward to seeing any improvements they can possibly make."
Renovations are expected to kick off for Riverview around 2012.
Northview Park, which consists of 175 acres will also include a soccer field, tennis court and baseball fields.
There will be upcoming meetings to gain public input to take more about Northview Park before a vote on the project.