Rick Meyer

Rick Meyer

COVID-19 has presented many challenges in 2020 for our nation, state, community and your PRT department. Some of the most consistent messages that our staff is getting from the community is the need for Greeneway maintenance and playground repairs. Unfortunately many of our facility upgrades and maintenance projects have been delayed due to budget adjustments or contractor issues directly related to the pandemic.

On the good news side of things, Greeneway maintenance is in progress as Property Maintenance crews are trimming back the overgrown vegetation along many parts of the trail. In the next few weeks the city of North Augusta will be awarding a contract for resurfacing the Greeneway from the Riverview Park Activities Center towards the Martintown Road Bridge. Funding for this project will come from a $100,000 South Carolina PRT Recreation Trails grant, $25,000 city of North Augusta match, and an additional $35,000 in the Riverfront Development fund. In addition to the resurfacing project, North Augusta Forward and Friends of the Greeneway are working on construction of a new Greeneway restroom facility near the Martintown Road Bridge.

Work has begun on the restoration of the Hammond's Ferry Soccer Field. Wilson & Associates Sports Turf has almost completed the installation of a new irrigation system and will begin working on the perimeter drainage and field this week. The soccer field will be sprigged with Tiftuff Bermuda grass and will need 10 weeks of grow-in. The field was originally scheduled to be ready for play in the fall 2020 season but delays have us now on a spring 2021 date.

Many of our residents and guests have pointed out that the Riverview Park Adaptive Playground surface has many worn spots that need to be addressed. Plans were in place for a new playground surface at Riverview Park in spring 2020 but the untimely arrival of the pandemic and budget amendments have postponed this upgrade until spring 2021. Unfortunately our attempts to improve the worn spots have failed to improve the conditions of the surface. We will continue to monitor the safety of the surface and close down any section that becomes unsafe.

We appreciate our community reaching out to us with observations and input on all of our Parks, Recreation, & Tourism facilities. We are here to serve our community. Please do not hesitate to send your comments to me at rmeyer@northaugusta.net.

Stay tuned to our North Augusta PRT Facebook page: www.facebook.com/northaugusta.recreation for information on our programs and facilities.