The city of North Augusta maintains one of the most dedicated parks and open space programs of any city in the South. There are approximately 17 city parks and activity areas, as well as equestrian centers and bike paths – most of which have direct pedestrian and bicycle access from Hammond’s Ferry.
In 1891, developed initially as a center for manufacturing and other businesses, North Augusta’s city founder, James U. Jackson and city planner, Charles Boeckh, envisioned a bustling city along the banks of the Savannah River. While the riverfront portion of the plan faltered initially, it all came to fruition in the latter half of the 20th Century. It started with the development of Hammond’s Ferry, a traditional neighborhood development for the residents of North Augusta. An opportunity along the river where residents could live, work, and play. Hammond’s Ferry, a walkable community with its various public spaces, needed the creation of a town center. This is where Riverside Village was created.
Riverside Village town center, where downtown North Augusta extends from Georgia Avenue to the River, now includes a true urban scaled mixed use development. Here you can find restaurants, urban style apartments, condos, home, and other retail and office space. Riverside Village is also home to SRP Park, the official stadium for the GreenJackets.
Brick Pond Park
Brick Pond Park, dedicated November 2008, represents the first urban ecology park in the Southeastern United States and serves as the central park facility to both Hammond’s Ferry and the City of North Augusta. With collaboration between the City, Hammond’s Ferry, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, this park represents cutting edge environmental technology that has restored an ecologically impaired drainage basin into a beautiful riparian habitat for birds, deer, reptiles and other indigenous species to this region. Brick Pond Park has become a botanical garden with paths, boardwalks, and outdoor classrooms, serving the casual visitor or the serious naturalist. This park is programmed to become a major natural sciences educational facility for Aiken County.
River Golf Club
Golfers will enjoy the River Golf Club, described as a “gem” and “a sterling example of how golf can enhance a local environment” by Golf Digest. Designed by internationally acclaimed golf course architect Jim Fazio, the course combines a fantastic layout with a spectacular setting along the Savannah River. Best of all, it’s located adjacent to Hammond’s Ferry.
The North Augusta Greeneway was developed in 1995 as a “rails to trail” bicycle and pedestrian route through the City of North Augusta and connects many of the City’s neighborhoods to public parks and downtown without having to use public roadways. A new loop around Hammond’s Ferry and along the entire Hammond’s Ferry riverfront makes the community and integral part of this magnificent trail system.
Boeckh Park is the first riverfront park in Hammond’s Ferry along the Savannah River and represents an inviting place to meet with friends or relax under a tree with a picnic lunch. There are weekly events in Boeckh Park including regular music concerts at the pavilion on the river and activities on the lawn such as croquet tournaments and bocce ball contests. Hammond’s Ferry includes plenty of intimateparks and squares – ideal places for chance encounters with your new neighbors.
Also located a short walking or bicycling distance from the neighborhood is Riverview Park, a 150-acre park with soccer fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, and an 18-hole disc-golf course. The park’s 94,000 square foot activities center includes an indoor track, weight and fitness areas, a gymnasium, racquetball courts, and meeting rooms. Naturalists will enjoy miles of scenic canoeing and kayaking along the Savannah River. Just a few of the animals found along the River include otter, beaver, mink, fox, white-tailed deer, and a diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Fishermen will appreciate the abundant populations of striped bass and other fish. Bird watchers might catch a glimpse of wood storks, Canada geese, tundra swans, pheasants, and bald eagles.