Riverland Park on the Congaree opens in Cayce

At a serene wooded vista, the City of Cayce has opened a new park.

The ribbon was cut Saturday at Riverland Park, located at 2616 Riverland Drive, along the Congaree River.


Cayce City Councilman James “Skip” Jenkins takes a stroll on the Riverland Park path to the river. (Photo by Terry Ward)

“They did a great job with it,” said Cayce City Councilman James “Skip” Jenkins. “A park provides the opportunity for fitness and the chance to get outdoors.”

Jenkins, who represents the district that contains the park, said there had been a dilapidated building on the property before the park materialized.

The park was named in honor of H. Kelley Jones, now deceased. He was an attorney who lived in the Riverland Park Community. Jones gave the property to the city where the park now sits.

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin praised Jones, also a longtime planning commission member, for his civic contribution.

Partin said the park offers more recreational opportunities, and that’s good for Cayce.
The city used grants from Lowe’s and CXS Railroad to build the park. A large chunk of granite mined from the adjacent Martin-Marietta quarry was also donated by that company. It sits in the parking lot, and has Jones’ name on it.

Aside from the boulder, there are lots more things added to the park.

“We have new playground equipment that is ADA-accessible, and new fencing,” said Rachelle Moody, Cayce’s special projects coordinator and grants manager.


Charles and Michell Howell, with daughter Cailey, stand on the park’s river overlook. (Photo by Terry Ward)

“The park also has picnic tables, two new restrooms, a new shelter, a new workroom for city staff, so police officers can work, and there’s a repaved parking lot that’s ADA-accessible,” Moody added. “There’s new decking that overlooks the river. We poured a new path along the Riverwalk and cleared out the debris. There is new landscaping, too.”

For residents of the Riverland Park neighborhood, which surrounds the park, getting the park opened was a milestone. They have suffered two floods since 2015. One in June, and the historic October flood of last year.