The front page of The Augusta Chronicle on Nov. 5 quoted the president of the Augusta GreenJackets, stating that he was in “awe and disbelief” as he witnessed the beginning of the construction of the soon-to-be ball park (and Walt Disney World clone) rising on the riverfront in North Augusta.
My feeling would have been disgust and disbelief. The peaceful waterfront soon will be obliterated by a horde of traffic, heading to a once-peaceful place now to be filled with glaring lights, pandemonium, hotels, a two-story restaurant, brewery, shops and even a “home-run porch” to be able to view the river!
Excuse me, but we can now view the river and enjoy it without the obstruction caused by the Hollywood version of an adult playground!
To invade a peaceful neighborhood of private property and homes on a city’s quiet riverfront, grab it up after several years of fighting, and against the will of many citizens, is a strong-arm tactic not seen often in a quiet community. Perhaps a ball park and all the other accoutrements that go with it are needed for the team to survive, but even a modicum of common sense would have helped the promoters pick an open space with no quiet residential ties, and one that wouldn’t obliterate the river.
Since SRP Park is now a fait accompli, we are left to wonder what is next on developers’ Lego lists of filling their pockets with money while wiping out the past with glitz, glamour and games!
Molly C. Gray