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Columbia will have a ‘soft opening’ for Saluda Riverwalk this weekend

The City of Columbia is about to open facilities at the Saluda Riverwalk, the newest section of the Three Rivers Greenway.

According to Deputy City Manager Henry Simons, the city is doing a “soft opening” of the Riverwalk on Saturday.

“On Saturday June 12 at 6 a.m. we will be opening two parking lots (by the river) for customers, as this will alleviate the parking and safety issues on Candi Lane,” Simons said in a statement Friday after- midday. “There will be a total of 120 parking spaces available. The “soft opening” will include public access to the toilets. Park rangers will be on duty to assist guests as needed.

The Saluda Riverwalk is accessible at 650 Candi Lane, just west of the Riverbanks Zoo. The doors of the Saluda Riverwalk will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Simons said the city will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new section of greenway later this summer.

The Saluda Riverwalk has been built for years. It was funded by the Richland County Transportation Penny Program. While parking lots, gates and restrooms had not been officially opened before, residents still have access to the Riverwalk in recent months.

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