FROM THE PARK BENCH: Changes abound

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

As we approach our fall season, there are many changes occurring in the North Augusta Parks. Several projects have been obvious, and a few probably not.

A portion of the Greeneway has been closed for some months due to a collapse of the support fill near the Activities Center. As of this writing, we are getting closer to a resolution of the problem that will be welcomed by all users of our trail system. In 2014, tree removal has improved the safety and usability of the entire trail. This project coupled with the February ice storm affected a large amount of limbs and trees. The Greeneway Trust has been active with several clean up days that also removed fallen branches. The trail markers that mark mile increments have been repainted as well by volunteer Nancy Cercy.

The Greeneway section between Martintown Road and Knollwood subdivision was repaved. The heavy use and continued root growth require consistent attention to keep the Greeneway safe for all. Every week during the year the trail is cleared of leaves and debris. During the fall months, the frequency increases to almost daily.

The soccer field nearest the Water Treatment Plant has been unusable for the last several months. The expansion of the treatment plant has required the field to be used as a holding area for supplies and fill dirt. The project has also taken space used for the disk golf course and the dirt pump track, a peddle bicycle facility. When the project is complete, the field will be returned to playing condition at a level far above what was previously provided.

The most notable change in the last few weeks has been the start of school. The Activities Center, very busy over the summer months, has slowed its pace. Parents and youth are juggling schedules of school open house, sports practices, evaluations and games. And eventually, the weather will change and cooler temperatures will arrive.

The Splash Pad hours have been extended through September. This season has been a great one for the Splash Pad with increased attendance and few, if any, operational problems. A new picnic shelter has been added and combined with the existing shelter, picnic tables and grills, has become a popular place to spend the weekend.

The soccer complex is home to a sand volleyball court, where adult leagues are being held by the Augusta Sports League. Although not currently lighted, the court is open during the day at no charge for anyone interested.

Change is in the air. I hope your week is a change for the good. Enjoy your surroundings, visit your parks and keep your spirits high.

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