PARK BENCH: Playing at the playgrounds

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Submitted Photo Col. Leroy Hammond Park is next to North Augusta High School.


What a great way for kids to spend some time outdoors, on a playground. These facilities have changed over the years. You no longer have seesaws and high swings, supports are metal with rubber coating for safety and longevity and even the ground cover has changed.

There is no better example of this than the new Adaptive Playground at Riverview Park. A cushioned surface that drains extremely well is safe to play on and easy to maintain. Purchased through grants and corporate sponsorship, it is designed for able bodied and physically challenged kids to use simultaneously. Always a popular spot, it can accommodate large number of kids comfortably. And there are benches for parents or caregivers to sit and enjoy the time.

There are many other locations in the city to enjoy free playgrounds. Summerfield Park located across from North Augusta Middle School on Edgefield Road includes the Spray Pad and a playground. It also has a full asphalt basketball court, plenty of shade and a large soccer/free play area to enjoy.

Bunting Park is located at the end of Bunting Drive. This beautiful hidden gem offers a playground and grassy area with a small covered seating area to enjoy.

Leroy Hammond Park, located near North Augusta High School at the corner of Knobcone Avenue and Curtis Drive offers a shaded playground, picnic table and open field play. Always a busy park, many groups have small parties, cheerleading practice and a place for the neighborhood kids to hang out. During our recent snow accumulation, it was a great place for sledding. The creek only flows during periods of heavy rain but offers a great place to find frogs and bugs, and a friendly water snake or two.

Creighton Park is located on Lake Ave., next to the Living History Park, also a city park. Creighton offers a playground, shelter donated by Leadership North Augusta, picnic tables and grills. It is also a favorite spot for small parties and fun.

Walnut Lane Neighborhood Park offers a shaded playground and small shelter with picnic tables and paved walkway to enjoy in the northern part of the city.

Maude Edenfield Park, located next to the Community Center is the home of the Music in the Park series, running every Thursday from now until late July. The playground is complimented by an outdoor basketball court and small stream that flows through the property. In the early days of North Augusta, Panic Pond was here and served as the swimming hole for the community. The small white building beside the basketball court was the original home of the Park and Recreation Department and still in use as a classroom for Karate.

Thee smallest playground is at Curtis Park, on the hill near Paul Knox Middle School. With a tree covered swing set and open field behind, it serves as a location for the local kids to enjoy.

Enjoy all the public space we have available. As a citizen of our community, be good stewards and leave the park clean, or cleaner, than when you came.

The North Augusta Star

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