Major Upgrades Coming Soon to Augusta Quarry

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Kristin Farley
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Major Upgrades Coming Soon to Augusta Quarry

Posted: 04/10/2023
Last month, work began to install electric, water and sanitary sewer utilities to support planned amenities coming soon to Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park.

During construction, some areas of the park will not be accessible, including the quarry lake. The quarry closure is a short-term inconvenience to swimmers and visitors, but it's necessary for significant long-term gains.

By late spring or early summer 2024, Augusta Quarry will boast many new amenities:

• New restrooms, changing rooms, and a vendor pavilion

• An expanded overlook on the western side of the quarry 

• New floating beach and swim platforms – several attached to the western and southern sides of the quarry, and another circular floating dock that's offshore

• An improved, more accessible walkway and partially terraced gathering spaces connecting the Augusta Quarry parking lot and the water's edge

This rendering shows the floating docks and improved access to the water.

By summer 2024, look for restrooms and changing facilities to be in place at Augusta Quarry.

“These upgrades, a public-private collaboration, will make Augusta Quarry more family-friendly and accessible to more people,” said Wes Soward, the City's Urban Wilderness Coordinator. “This will provide easier, safer access to the water, and the improved access will reflect the natural beauty of the quarry.”

Combined with initial Phase 1 improvements to the Augusta Quarry entrance and parking area, these upgrades reflect a total City investment of more than $5 million.

The improvements at Fort Dickerson have been made possible through a partnership with The Aslan Foundation. A collaboration of consultants created a one-of-a-kind design, honoring the unique historical and natural character of this Urban Wilderness gem: Sanders Pace Architecture, Port Urbanism, JMT Engineering, and Haines Structural Group.

Look for utility work to be completed by late summer 2023, with construction and installation of the restrooms, floating docks and more to be completed by summer 2024.

Down the road, the City’s next investment in Fort Dickerson Park will focus on improving the overlook on the east side and protecting and enhancing access to the historic Civil War earthworks.

In the meantime, while the quarry side of the park is closed, visitors can still enjoy the picnic areas and 3.5 miles of trails on the eastern side.