North Augusta City Council recently gave the go-ahead to acquire land which was formerly the North Augusta Country Club, but what are they going to put there?
The city is swapping land they own off Five Notch Road for the property, which is slated to become a park.
Rick Meyer, Parks, Recreation and Tourism director, said no decisions have been made yet, but there are plenty of options for the site.
He said the city is quite a few years away from doing anything major on the site, adding it may be a project for the next round of Capital Projects Sales Tax.
In the meantime, there are a few things the city could do at the property residents could use, Meyer said.
Option No. 1, he said, would be to resurface the tennis courts on the property. The second option would be to keep the property mowed and clear the golf cart paths for trails. A third option would be to potentially put a disc golf course on the property, Meyer said, adding it wouldn’t take a lot of funding to put the course on the property.
Meyer said once the city officially owns the property, they’ll make sure everything is safe – “Which I think it is from the couple of times we’ve been out there,” he added – and people will be allowed to use the park.
There is a lot of green space people could use, he said, plus ponds that could be made accessible for those who want to fish.
“This is another regional park,” Meyer said. “It was always planned to have another regional park on that side of town and this location is just more convenient for the city residents and folks over there.”
The location of the property is a huge factor in putting a park there, Meyer said, pointing to the growth and number of homes that have popped up on the north side of Interstate 20.
Potential facilities in the park Meyer mentioned include multi-purpose practice fields.
“Right now Riverview Park gets a lot of adult play in ultimate frisbee, in flag football, in volleyball … and different things, and I can envision some of that going that direction,” he said.
Meyer said people are excited about prospective facilities at the park, and that the department wants to listen to the community.
He said there is a “fair amount of folks” who want some sort of golf feature in the park, and that a swimming pool is not entirely out of the picture, either.
“There’s a lot of liabilities that go with swimming pools, but there a strong segment of the population in North Augusta that is saying ‘Hey, we want a swimming pool,’ so all those things are on the table; it’s up for Council to decide.”
The Country Club property is 148 acres and is located off Gregory Lake Road on the northside of North Augusta.