The City of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Tourism summer sports programs of baseball, softball and soccer began league play this week at Riverview Park. The summer sports programs are a first in the history of the department as COVID-19 shut down the traditional spring sports season. Our department made the decision to not cancel the season but turn it into a summer program for the young people in our community. The participant level for the summer is approximately 40% less than a normal spring season but still totals close to 700 participants. NAPRT staff has worked hard to make sure that our kids have opportunities to be involved in activities that were missed in the spring.
Adventure Camp 2020 is in its second week at the North Augusta Community Center and has totaled 23 campers for the first two weeks. There are still seven more consecutive weeks remaining for rising first through sixth graders to enroll. Each session is $100 per week with the daily sessions running from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Early drop-off at 8 a.m. is available as well as late pickup at 6 p.m. Camp registrations are accepted online at www.northaugusta.net and at the front counter of the Riverview Park Activities Center.
The Riverview Park Activities Center has added pickleball and table tennis to accepted activities to resume at the facility. As previously mentioned, the track, cardio room and weight room are open for business to our members and guests 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Jazzercise, senior aerobics and yoga classes have resumed. We are still waiting on direction from the governor’s office on indoor activity in the gyms. As for now, all of our basketball players are encouraged to check out the outdoor courts at Maude Edenfield Park and Summerfield Park.
The amphitheater at Riverside Village is nearing completion. R.D. Brown Contractors is finishing up punch list items as we prepare to declare the facility officially open. We are working towards a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will be announced in the near future. With the completion of construction of the amphitheater, the City of North Augusta has reopened the Greeneway on the riverfront.
Stay tuned to our North Augusta PRT Facebook page, www.facebook.com/northaugusta.recreation, for information on our programs and facilities. We continue to follow the recommendations of our governor, S.C. DHEC, the CDC, South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, the mayor and City Council.