Progress on Augusta Quarry Upgrades at Fort Dickerson Park

Upgrades at Augusta Quarry are progressing with utilities and foundations being installed.

Contractor crews are making visible progress with the $3.6 million upgrades at Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park. The planned enhancements include new 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 already in place, and connections for water and electric utilities are underway. The full concrete foundations will soon be poured. Additional grading has also been completed on the ramp leading to the water’s edge.

“We are on pace to complete this major upgrade and reopen the quarry by late fall, as scheduled,” stated Urban Wilderness Coordinator Wes Soward. He 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 Augusta Quarry upgrades amounts to almost $5.4 million.

Due to the current status as 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 the Augusta Avenue entrance and parking lots are closed, Soward mentioned that the Chapman Highway entrance to Fort Dickerson Park and picnic areas will remain open. The park’s upper trails will also remain accessible.

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