Augusta community reacts to new downtown park

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 11, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---"We've been looking for a place to go, and we finally found it," said Kay Dickson. Kay is one of the first to enjoy Aqueduct Park, Augusta's newest outdoor attraction along the Augusta Canal.

She says there's only one way to describe it. "Cool."

There's a lagoon for those looking to get wet and picnic tables in the shade for everybody else.

"If you see what we've been able to accomplish in 12 days...just imagine what we can do in 5 years," said Scott Hudson.

You heard him. Scott Hudson is the local organizer. He and a team of more than 100 volunteers met every first Saturday over the last year to get this remote site ready for you.

"Thank you. Very nice. If I'd knew I'd have been down here helping," said Kay.

It took less than $4,000 to help clean up a local park that just keeps on giving. "It's in the heart of the city. These are things that once the people see it...they will come from other parts of the country to see it," said former commissioner Andy Cheek.

Cheek says this is what he has been doing since leaving the Augusta commission. "Doing this and being a dad...that's pretty much all I've been doing. It has been a handful," said Cheek.

It is hard work that comes just in time for a hot summer. "I mean we were sitting at home under the air condition, and it just wasn't working. This is much better," said Kay.

Aqueduct Park is the first of at least 2 other places on the water the First Saturday foundation will clean up over the next 5 years.


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