Visitors to Riverside Village will be able to see the shape of the City of North Augusta’s new amphitheater, set to open sometime in May.
North Augusta is building a 600-seat amphitheater in a riverfront park next to SRP Park, home to the minor league baseball team the Augusta GreenJackets. The development is part of Riverside Village.
Riverfront amphitheater on track for May
The amphitheater being built on the edge of the Greeneway, near SRP Park, is shown in these Jan. 17 scenes from between 4 and 5 p.m. Plans are for the structure, with a large sycamore tree among its most prominent features, to be completed by the middle of May. The prior goal had been early April, but wet weather has caused some delays.
The new amphitheater venue will bring increased traffic to the existing businesses and offer a place for folks to enjoy the Savannah River, said North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Tourism director Rick Meyer.
“Now you have a place that you can go to to sit down and eat lunch on a pretty day, you’ve got a place where you can go sit and read a book and look at the river,” he said.
“You know, it’s a calming place.”
Meyer said construction crews are pouring concrete, laying brick and working on the actual aisles of the amphitheater, which will be covered in artificial turf.
The name of the park is still being discussed, Meyer said, as well as programming and events.
He said there will be both free events and ticketed events.
“You’re going to have limited seating capacity, so you’ve got to find your niche; and, trust me, we don’t know what that is yet because we haven’t done enough of that to know,” he said, adding the city is checking out other amphitheaters in the state, such as the Icehouse in Lexington.
The amphitheater and park will be located inside an area of Riverside Village where open carry of alcohol is allowed between 10 a.m. and midnight.
The amphitheater will be part of the Riverside Village development along the Savannah River in North Augusta. Riverside Village is also the location of SRP Park, the Augusta GreenJackets stadium, a Crowne Plaza hotel, Rio Cantina taqueria, Southbound Smokehouse restaurant and two apartment complexes. More retail and housing is planned for the development.