Augusta Quarry Undergoes Major Upgrades

Fort Dickerson Park's Augusta Quarry sees $3.6 million in enhancements, set for completion by late fall.

Contractor crews are making visible progress with the $3.6 million upgrades at Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park. The enhancements include installation of restrooms, changing rooms, an expanded overlook, an improved pedestrian path to the water, and new floating beach and swim platforms.

The footings for the five new buildings are in place. Water and electric utilities are being connected. The full concrete foundations will soon be poured. Additionally, more grading has been completed on the ramp leading to the water’s edge.

Urban Wilderness Coordinator Wes Soward stated, “We are on pace to complete this major upgrade and reopen the quarry by late fall, as scheduled.”

Soward added, “While we hated to close the quarry for the summer, we hope that everyone who cherishes Augusta Quarry will agree that adding these unique amenities and making this special place safer, more family-friendly, and more accessible to more people is worth the sacrifice.”

Combined with a new $1.77 million entrance and accessibility improvements in Phase I, the total investment in the Augusta Quarry upgrades amounts to almost $5.4 million.

Because the quarry is currently an active construction site with heavy machinery in operation, the area is closed to the public. Vehicles parked on the road leading to the quarry or blocking the entrance gate will be subject to towing.

While the quarry and Augusta Avenue entrance and parking lots are closed, Soward confirmed that the Chapman Highway entrance to Fort Dickerson Park and picnic areas will remain open. The park’s upper trails will also stay accessible.

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Augusta Quarry Upgrades Nearing Completion

The $3.6 million upgrades at Augusta Quarry in Fort Dickerson Park, including new facilities and improved access, are progressing well with completion expected by late fall, despite the temporary summer closure.