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North Augusta plans to spend millions on new riverfront park

The leaves aren't the only thing changing along South Carolina's riverfront.

"The first phase you'll see will be toward the river, right beyond those trees," said North Augusta's Administrator, Todd Glover.

Tuesday Glover envisioned what a new park, approved by city council members Monday will look like.

"A seven acre park that will be along the river that will be public access," Glover, said.

The park would stretch from Beockh Park to the Georgia Avenue Bridge and would offer folks much more than a place to play with their pooch.

"Green space for playing football and picnicking or things like that, a playground for the kids and the Greeneway," Glover, said.

When Glover pictures the park, he also sees mid-level to upscale restaurants and boutiques.

"10 to 15 new businesses down there on the river and certainly we're hopeful that that's the minimum," said Glover.

He's also hoping for a boathouse and water feature. To bring the plans to life they're partnering with the North Augusta Riverfront Company.

Joel Ozburn said he's looking forward to the changes, ""I think it will be great, the way they're developing. I think they've done real well with Hammond's Ferry; so I'm looking forward to some new development and some new restaurants down here." 

Although they are still in the design stage, Glover says they'll will probably spend millions of dollars on the project and will start to move dirt in 2013.

"18 to 14 months you may actually see a grand opening of something down there," Glover, said.

The pending development is giving residents something to look forward to.

"I'll be looking out for all the development coming to this area," Ozburn, said.

Glover says they can start moving forward with the plans once the project is approved at the third city council reading - which will be December 17.

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