State inmates cleaning up the Riverwalk


News12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Augusta's Park and Recreation Department is busy making improvements to the Riverwalk, and we're told more are on the way.

After two people, were attacked there commissioners did a tour and outlined what needs to happen to make the Riverwalk a safer place.

It's hard labor digging a ditch to fix a broken water pipe, and the city's using those doing hard time to stay on top of things on the Riverwalk.

"We have many issues we need to stay on top of the Riverwalk is just one," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.

After two people, were attacked back in May commissioners did a safety tour. They found broken lights, low hanging tree limbs and broken pieces of granite.

Kaleb Hornsby walks the Riverwalk every chance he gets whether it's sunny or not.

"All of the debris had been pretty much cleared away, and that's nice to not have to walk through all that muck and stuff," Hornsby said.

State prison inmates are to thank for some of the progress. Inmates and city workers are cutting dozens of trees and hedges. We're told all of the lights are now working.

The Downtown Development Authority will be pumping around $1 million to continue improvements to the area.

The city also hired part time help on nights and weekends to keep up appearances. There's more work to be done removing 30 trees for a better view and repairing several broken pieces of granite.


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