A Beautiful Day at Riverfront Park
By Mullen Taylor, Guest Blogger and member of Congaree Riverkeeper Board of Directors
On Sundays, I usually take a leisurely run to clear my head and get ready for the stresses of Mondays. Today, I went down to Riverfront Park, nestled along the Lower Broad River near the City of Columbia water treatment plant off of Huger Street. It was perfect day - sunny, blue sky, crisp air and a bit of breeze. Although I've heard plenty of people tell me they don't know where Riverfront Park is, there are plenty of people who do, and they were out there today! I saw folks young and old, walking, running, cycling, fishing, picnicing and just sitting in the sun. The Park is comprised of 167 acres along the Lower Broad River and the Columbia Canal. The place is full of history. The Canal was built in 1824 by Irish immigrants in order to facilitate boat and barge traffic between Columbia and Charleston. A 15,00-foot dam was constructed on the Lower Broad near its confluence with the Lower Saluda to divert water into the Canal. In the mid-1850s, the Canal was used for hydropower generation. This place played an important role in the history of Columbia, especially in terms of industrial development after the Civil War. This statue of Christopher Columbus, whom our fair city was named after, gazes upon the Park.
Anyway, aside from the people and history, the views of the River were stunning, especially with the trees turning color and the vivid blue sky.
And, I saw a few critters, such as this Great Blue Heron.
And I saw a pile of turtles sunning themselves on logs along the River bank or the Canal.
It was a perfect day to be out at Riverfront Park!