Big plans ahead for the Lombard Mill Pond include massive expansion

Lombard Mill Pond Trail will be expanding soon.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
News 12 at 5 O'Clock

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Central Savannah River Land Trust and the City of Augusta have plans to expand the trail at the Lombard Mill Pond in South Augusta off Deans Bridge Road.

It includes a bike and pedestrian trail as well as a boardwalk. It's part of an even bigger plan.

James Cooper has been coming out to the Lombard Mill Pond since he was a kid.

“I came here a few times as a kid with a buddy of mine that lived in the neighborhood back here behind there we would kind of sneak out here and do some fishing,” Cooper said.

He still comes back even as an adult.

“I pass by here a lot, and so I just kinda stop and kinda walk around ‘cause it’s nice and quiet,” Cooper said.

Soon he'll have even more space to walk. The Central Savannah River Land Trust is lengthening the trail one phase at a time.

“We're building a trail that will loop around the pond where you can come and bike or run or observe wildlife or fish,” Hazel Cook, executive director of the trust, said.

Adding onto the trail is also part of their bigger plan for a 150-mile trail known as the Savannah River Greenway.

“It connects greenspaces, public recreational facilities, schools, local downtowns, Evans, Martinez, Augusta, North Augusta,” Cook said.

It will ultimately allow you to go from one county to the next on one trail.

“Each of these municipalities have their own plans for making their own parts of the greenway bigger, but together as a region -- as a community -- we can collectively call this under one name and invite users to use the whole trail,” Cook said.

Cooper says he's all for it.

“That would be lovely,” Cooper said. “I'm excited. I'd love to see that happen."

On Saturday, the Central Savannah River Land Trust and Augusta Parks and Rec will be holding a public input meeting for their plans for this trail at the Jamestown Community Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.