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Old 09-10-2015, 12:31 PM
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Little projects like this will go a long way toward improving the riverwalk..
During Thursday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting, executive director Margaret Woodard outlined new projects for the walkable riverfront property that would help connect the Riverwalk with the rest of downtown. The DDA has $1 million in previous special purpose local option sales tax funds designated for the 1.2-acre Riverwalk.
At the suggestion of architectural and environmental design firm Cooper Carry, the following projects were pegged for the Riverwalk: a lit wrought iron and brick arch at both Reynolds and Eighth streets and Reynolds and 10th streets, redevelopment of the playground behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a nearby splash pad, a walking loop behind the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center as well as extra lighting and beautification in the area surrounding Unisys’ new home at Discovery Plaza.
The total projected cost is estimated at $1.7 million, Woodard said.
“We’ve got $1 million,” she said. “It’ll just be a matter of looking for other funds, federal grants or just picking and choosing what those projects are.”
The goal is to get started in January, said Woodard, adding that many of the projects should not take more than 90 days to complete.
Woodard said that before any work is done, the city’s Recreation, Parks & Facilities and the Augusta Canal Authority will be consulted to ensure that each agency is on the same page.
“This is just the start,” Woodard said. “The bigger picture is to connect across the river, connect into Olde Town.”
Lit arches, splash pad pegged along Augusta Riverwalk | The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:09 AM
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If they're going to add anything new to Riverwalk, there first needs to be a plan for maintenance of the *entire* Riverwalk. There's talk of consulting with Recreation, Parks & Facilities and the Canal Authority in the article, but being "on the same page" needs to mean a firm, agreed-upon plan for maintenance. When I moved here 20 years ago, Riverwalk was pristine and beautiful. But nowadays paint is peeling, light fixtures are broken or burnt out, and things have just generally not been taken care of well. Adding new things is awesome, but let's not forget what we've already got and the apparent inability to take care of that thus far.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:41 PM
Location: I-20 from Atlanta to Augusta
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I agree they need a bold new plan for the riverfront. My suggestion while expensive would be to decommission the levee. I would also connect it with the Augusta canal trail so you have a continous trail of wooded, historical and urban trails.
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