|Northbridge Park opened this week at the foot of the North Bridge on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. It includes a fishing pier and a dock with canoe and kayak launch access (top photo), and a bike and pedestrian path from West Ashley (middle row, left). A sign marks the entrance from Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, and security cameras will be installed under the bridge (bottom photo) (Photo/Ashley Barker)|
Published May 29, 2014
Northbridge Park has opened at the foot of the North Bridge on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley.
The $1.5 million park, which opened earlier this week, includes a fishing pier and a dock with a canoe and kayak launch area. There’s also space for picnics, a beach with pedestrian access, 16 parking spots and a pet station, which provides dog waste bags and a disposal area.
A pedestrian and bike path was built from West Ashley to the park, and security cameras will be installed under the bridge, according to a news release from the city of Charleston.
“Northbridge Park fills a great recreation need for the West Ashley area,” Mayor Joe Riley said in a statement. “Long used as access to the river, this park now offers a safer, more organized way to use this precious space at our waters’ edge.”
Riley said Northbridge Park is one of 19 Charleston parks that provide access to the water. The city owns and is responsible for roughly 120 parks on nearly 2,000 acres.
The 3.11-acre Northbridge Park is owned by the S.C. Department of Transportation, but the city will operate and maintain it. Funding for the pedestrian and bike path to the park was provided by Charleston County.
Contractors for the project were Dock and Marine Inc. and Massenburg Construction Inc. ADC Engineering Specialists was the consultant listed on the project, and the marine consultant was Jon Guerry Taylor & Associates Inc.