North Augusta looks at plans for Riverside Park on the water

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 / News 12 at 11 O'clock

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - If you walk down the Greeneway in Riverside Village, you may notice land being cleared right on the waterfront.

With all the development in the works on the riverfront in North Augusta, it's easy to lose track of one of the biggest parks being planned right on the water.

But plans for the new riverside park have been released.

In addition to an amphitheater right next to SRP Park, there's a lot more you can expect to pop up.

"Money is coming from sales tax three, and what we have right now is about 1.5 million dollars," North Augusta's Parks and Rec Director Rick Meyer told News 12.

The new Riverside Park--in the shadow of SRP Park--will have a two-tower "riverview gateway." as well as fountains that could include music and lights.

But--as renderings given to News 12 show--the main attraction is a 600-seat amphitheater with turf grass, which the city hopes will be another venue for plays and concerts.

"We're not gonna have a permanent stage there. That's something we chose not to do, because the stage would limit what you could use the amphitheater for," Meyer explained.

That's because the "stage" will also double as a miniature water park with more fountains and jets for year-round fun.

"It's a great passive park, first and foremost," Meyer said.

The city plans to bump the Greenway further out towards the water, and build an alternate path around the front and back of the stage.

"If we have a concert going on--we can block off the Greeneway in front of the river," Meyer said.

"I think it could be a good idea for a lot of the kids in the area, and anything they can do the develop the riverfront in North Augusta I think is good for the town," said neighbor Alex Tollison.

Tollison walks these paths often, and says he'd be thrilled to see a new park down here.

With the promise of more events, and the closeness to the ballpark, hotel, and restaurants, he's sold.

"I could see myself coming down here more," he said.

The city plans to put the designs out for bid on the park, meaning they'll open up the competition for who will build it, by mid-march at the latest.

The owner of Soutbound Smokehouse, which will be right next to the park, told News 12 people can also expect an announcement about their opening "very soon."

They are excited for the business this park could bring to them as well.