Rick Meyer

Rick Meyer

Masters Week and spring break are here in North Augusta and it’s the greatest week for economic impact for the entire Central Savannah River Area. Hotel rooms are booked, houses are being rented by Masters guests, restaurants are full and life is good around Magnolia Lane. Nothing here comes close to matching the money that comes into the area this week. However, the second greatest economic impact is created during the month of July by the summer basketball circuit and primarily the effects of the Nike Peach Jam.

July 10-14 will bring the best high school basketball players in the nation and the brightest and best college basketball coaches to Riverview Park. Yes, expect to see Tony Bennett, Chris Beard, Bruce Pearl, Tom Izzo, Coach K and Roy Williams inside the Activities Center along with 300-plus of their coaching peers looking for the next great player to lead their team to the Final Four. If you watched the Final Four over the weekend, the rosters of the four schools included 24 Nike EYBL alumni.

Virginia EYBL alumni include point guard Kihei Clark and Ty Jerome, while Texas Tech star forward Jarrett Culver; Jarred Harper of Auburn; and Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Xavier Tillman of Michigan State all played on the hardwood courts of the Riverview Park Activities Center in Nike’s premier summer event.

There are no tournaments this weekend inside the Riverview Park Activities Center. It's a great weekend for our members to venture down and get a good workout.

Next week, as spring sports return to Riverview Park, we will also begin construction on the Riverview Park Splash Pad. Great Southern Recreation out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee will be mobilizing on site to begin an expected 12-week process of constructing this new venue. We are certainly hoping to cut the ribbon on the splash pad sometime in July.

Creighton Park playground is another popular venue for our children to play. This playground has served our community well for many years but is beginning to show its age. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you see any broken playground equipment in this park or any park in the city. We have included in the Capital Sales Tax 4 project list funding to replace this playground with new equipment. We will also be pursuing grant funds as well.

See you next week back in Riverview Park and on the Greeneway!