News12 First at Five/ 4/21/14
AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Augusta's Riverwalk is about to get a makeover. Commissioners are spending thousands to make it a safer place for taxpayers to spend their time.
Crews start working there this week. "This has become a daily part of our lives. We look forward to coming here almost everyday. The dog loves it. He makes us get up and come here everyday," said Augusta Resident Daniel Hardigree.
Hardigree, Janice Williams and their little dog Simon enjoy what the Riverwalk has to offer.
"We have a certain spot we like to pray at. It's close to where that waterfall is and by the time we're done everybody is tired," he said.
"The beauty of the trees and flowers is beautiful," said Augusta Resident Janice Williams.
Georgia Power crews are bringing in dumpsters for the cleanup. The makeover stems from a tour commissioners did last year after Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee were robbed and attacked along a stretch of the Riverwalk.
City leaders had concerns about the low hanging limbs that limited visibility.
"I think the Riverwalk is an important place where people should be able to come and be safe," said
Crews will be cutting 30 trees and pruning 250 more. A few months back News12 uncovered several street lights that were broken or not working but the city says those have all been fixed.
The sheriff's office stands to receive $700,000 for cameras along the River walk. The money would come from funds from the proposed SPLOST 7 package.