Originally created 01/01/00

Nancy Anderson



Several people changed how we enjoy the downtown area of the Savannah River in the 20th Century. But it was this petite housewife (now Mrs. Robert Donnan), who proved one person can make a major difference and turned our attention back to the river in the '70s. You barely could see the river from atop the dirt levee through the thick trees and brush. This doctor's wife simply made some picnic lunches and invited 15 leading area citizens to join her for lunch on the levee at the Fifth Street Bridge, about the only place you could see the water. The picnic led to the involvement of civic clubs, military groups and thousands of ordinary citizen volunteers who cleared the dense brush and built wooden tree decks, a floating stage and a children's park. Nancy Anderson lit the flame that became Riverwalk Augusta today.