Construction of West Columbia’s Enabling Park is progressing
Rising up from the ground, across from West Columbia’s Riverwalk, is the new Enabling park.
“You can see the walls, outlining the shape of the park,” said West Columbia City Councilman Tem Miles. He is eagerly anticipating the park’s opening. Miles has a daughter with special needs, and Miles is Mayor Pro-Tem. The park is being built in the district he represents.
“I go down to the park site every afternoon,” Miles said. “I’m very excited with the progress they are making. They are about to pave one of the parking areas. It’s starting to look like it’s all coming together.”
And the aesthetics are attractive. Miles said the Riverwalk area, including the park site offers one of the best views in the Midlands. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “The new enabling park will just provide more access to the river, and Riverwalk.” He also described West Columbia’s Riverwalk as a crown jewel.”
Miles said he anticipates the Enabling Park will be highly popular. And there is a way for anyone to become a part of it. The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is selling a limited number of commemorative bricks to be placed in the Enabling, Park.
Bricks will be engraved with your custom message and mini-bricks with the same message make a great gift. To order your engraved brick go to: Click to buy a brick
“It is a very unique park,” said Beautification Foundation Chairwoman Melissa Sprouse-Browne. “There is nothing else like it.”
Sprouse-Browne also said buying a brick, that will be placed in the park, is a chance to honor a family member or a loved one. “It’s a permanent memorial,” she said. “It’s also a great way for a business to show its support of the park.”
The Enabling Park is not only of local interest, it will draw visitors from all over. It is partially funded by a Connected Communities grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation via the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. Also, State Sen. Nikki Setzler and Rep. Micah Caskey presented the City of West Columbia with $250,000 in state funding to help build the park.
“The Enabling Park is a first-class effort,” said Miles. “It will bring a lot to West Columbia’s River District when it’s completed. It’s just another sign of all the good things going on in our city.”