North Augusta residents are passionate about their hometown; we take pride in the beauty of this city and all of the amenities that we enjoy. The City of North Augusta is fortunate to have an administration that values the quality of life for our citizens. Let’s take a look back at the highlights of 2019 from a Parks, Recreation and Tourism perspective. Summer 2019 saw the City of North Augusta award the contract for construction of the Riverside Village Amphitheater to R.D. Brown Contractors. Construction is underway with a scheduled grand opening in May 2020.
July 2019 brought an expanded Nike Peach Jam to the Riverview Park Activities Center. Nike added an additional four 15U teams to the tournament bringing the total of teams playing to 56. Peach Jam 2019 broke all the attendance records for spectators, college coaches and NBA player attendance as ESPN showcased the elite players of the Nike circuit with live TV coverage of the finals on Sunday afternoon. Nike Peach Jam 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the tournament at Riverview Park. Friday, Aug. 2, The City of North Augusta officially opened the Riverview Park Splash Pad with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The splash pad was an instant hit with our young people all the way up to closing time in late September. Exciting news for 2020 as plans are in place to add an outdoor shelter with bathrooms by the splash pad and playground.
Friday, Aug. 9, the North Augusta Greeneway reopened from the Municipal Center to the Riverview Park Activities Center after being resurfaced. The funding for this work was provided by a Recreation Trails Grant of $100,000 plus a City of North Augusta match of $25,000. North Augusta PRT is applying for another $100,000 grant in 2020 that would provide funding for resurfacing from the Riverview Park Activities Center towards the Martintown Road Bridge.
October 2019 saw the Riverview Park Tennis courts get a fresh new look as all seven courts were resurfaced. The lighting contract for the installation of new LED lights has been awarded and that work is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. Still on tap for the tennis players is a tennis clubhouse/pavilion in the first half of 2020.
The last weekend of October brought us the 35th annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee. Friday night saw a great crowd enjoying the country sounds from Thompson Square and Mark Chesnutt. Sunny skies on Saturday morning greeted throngs of festival goers checking out 150 craft vendors and 30 food vendors. After a late afternoon shower cleared out, The Spin Doctors and Whiskey Run rocked Georgia Avenue for the faithful crowd that waited out the rain.
Looking back, 2019 has been fun, but we can’t wait to get started on a promising 2020. Stay tuned as next week we will get a sneak peek at what to expect. Happy New Year!