West Columbia Riverwalk closed

It’s like the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater are going into hibernation.

The popular trail along the Congaree River was closed Monday.


West Columbia Riverwalk photos by Terry Ward.

“It has been closed for the safety of the public,” according to city spokesperson Anna Huffman. Closing Riverwalk will also expedite construction to repair the path that has been damaged by flood-related erosion since last year.

Portions of the Riverwalk were damaged during the October 2015 flood and since then have remained closed. But two sections had been open since last October. The Moffatt Street entrance off of Sunset Boulevard was open up to Bridgpointe Condominiums. That is now closed, as is the Alexander Road opening at the Amphitheater.

broken-boardwalk-wcThe latest closures are certain to be a bummer for locals. According to head-counters doing business in West Columbia, Riverwalk can attract up to 1,000 visitors a day. They come to walk, exercise their dogs, and run. In the warm-weather months, Riverwalk is the pick-up and drop-off point for hundreds of tubers and kayakers testing the rapids on the scenic river.

However, while the West Columbia Riverwalk is closed, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin said three of the four sections of Cayce’s Riverwalk are open. Also open is the Timmerman Trail at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center off of 12 Street Extension. Currently, phase II is the only section closed in Cayce. That portion stretches from the railroad trestles to Riverland Park.

“We invite anyone who wants to come and enjoy our Riverwalk to Cayce,” Partin said.

She said there is access at the end of Naples Avenue, with outlet points at the Blossom Street bridge at the Brickworks, and at the end of Lorick Street.

In West Columbia, as sections of the Riverwalk are repaired and opened, the city will notify the public through its website, and via the city’s social media sites.

The targeted grand re-opening date is April 2017.