City of Augusta opens new downtown park

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Five, June 11, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---There is a new park along the Augusta Canal. It's called the Aqueduct Park. It is located off Goodrich Street near Sibley Mill west of downtown.

Aqueduct Park is the latest Augusta attraction where the city meets the great outdoors.

"We are going to make this entire Savannah River corridor look like the interior of the Augusta National just without a golf course," said Scott Hudson.

Scott Hudson is coordinator of the First Saturday Foundation. The group brought new life to an area that had been abandoned for more than 100 years.

"The idea was just to say hey citizens this our area. We own it. Lets clean it," said Hudson.

A team of more than 150 local volunteers took on an area that had become a dump yard.

"People would pull their pick-up trucks up and dump you name it down into that area," said Hudson.

This comes after just one day a month of cleaning for the last year with the help a few familiar faces.

"We've recovered probably a 5 acre city park that's unparalleled in the United States," said former commissioner Andy Cheek.

"Particularly when you consider high gas prices these are passive recreation spots that are there for our citizens to use at little to no cost. They can ride their bikes down here so it's a great asset to the city," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

City leaders stopped by to take in the scenery. "God gave us this natural area, and all we got to do is just clean it up, and everybody can enjoy it," said Hudson.

We should give a word of caution: Take Your Time on the drive out. You will come to a dirt road with several hills. Drive slowly. It's worth the wait.

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  • by Billy Location: North Augusta on Jun 12, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Chris, Was raised fishing at the new park area as a child. Not to scare anyone, but as a point of safety, they may want to consider a warning sign about possible water moccasins in this area. Years ago it was infested. Park looked good to me. Super job, but just a caution to keep an eye out for the snakes. Don't know if it is as bad now as it was back then. Was good bream fishing, especially when the train crossed the trestle. When my father heard the train coming he would tell us to get a hook in the water, now. Most everytime all of us woud catch a bream as the train crossed and blowed his whistle. Billy Cooper
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