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City of Cayce extends Riverwalk, improves park

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A new section of walkway is part of Phase III of the City of Cayce Riverwalk. A new section of walkway is part of Phase III of the City of Cayce Riverwalk.
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The City of Cayce is set to officially open the newest section of the Riverwalk and show off improvements to Riverwalk Park at the end of the month.

For years, government and civic leaders have been talking about finding ways to connect people in the Midlands to their rivers.

The latest addition to riverfront access in the Midlands is a seven-tenths of a mile wide, paved walkway with plenty of lighting and emergency call boxes.
It stretches between that city's water intake facility off Old State Road and the Thomas Newman boat landing.

City officials say Phase Three of the Cayce Riverwalk is another substantial improvement for the quality of life here.

"We want to provide our citizens with a no-cost greenway so they can come out, cyclists, canoeists, anyone who runs, walks, provide all our pedestrians with a true greenway they can enjoy," said Tara Yates.

"It helps make us more of an outdoor friendly, nature-loving healthy community," said Cayce City Manager Rebecca Rhodes. "I think that's something we want people to think of when they think of Cayce.

The $238,000 pathway has not been formally opened yet. That is scheduled to happen June 28th, though a few people have been taking advantage ahead of the dedication event.

Some of the land used for the trails was donated by SCANA and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

A $100,000 grant from a South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism has helped to offset the cost. Earlier this year, the City entered into a lighting agreement with SCANA to have lights placed along the trail for safety.

The city is also looking for some assistance from the private sector, hoping businesses will pitch in to pay for park benches and picnic tables to help ease the cost for taxpayers.

Phase III also includes a parking lot on Old State Road and a lighted ADA compliant trail complete with call boxes in case of emergencies.

The third phase of the Cayce Riverwalk Park is set to open to the public on June 28th at 9:00 a.m.

After that, Cayce turns to Phase Four -- the final section of the Riverwalk, which is expected to open next year.

A few days after Cayce's big opening, another boost for waterfront development is taking place on the Columbia side of the Congaree.

Coble Plaza, named, of course, for former Mayor Bob Coble, is an impressive new public access area between the Columbia Canal and the museums close to Gervais Street.
Included, is a new wooden walkway that extends under Gervais Street to another section called the Gervais Street Connection.

Dedication for the plaza is scheduled for July 3rd.

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