Superb Public Spaces

How can we improve the physical beauty of our community?

Superb Public SpacesWhat is Superb Public Spaces?

According to the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community Study, 'Superb Public Spaces,' is the physical beauty of the community including the availability of parks and green spaces. Projects in this focus area enhance the beauty and physical setting of the community.

2017 Connected Communities Grant Recipients

The following nonprofits received a Connected Communities grant for their work in the 'Superb Public Spaces' area.  Check back to this page throughout the year for updates on these projects.

  • Historic Columbia: Hampton-Preston Garden Phase 2 Rehabilitation - Phase 2 of the transformation of the historic Hampton-Preston gardens will continue to turn them into a gathering place, adding light, signage and public WiFi for visitors to access the virtual garden tour.
  • Vista Neighborhood Association: Utility Box Wraps - Decoration of traffic and utility signal boxes with local art and historical information in the popular Vista of Columbia.

Previous Connected Communities Grant Recipients

  • City of West Columbia (2015): State Street Beautification Project - Barren sidewalks and bland streetscapes will be transformed into a more inviting, visitor-friendly area that will aid economic development.
  • Doko Meadows Park Foundation (2016): Amphitheatre Project - First class performances, with arts and community events have a new home within Blythewood's 25-acre, master-planned Doko Meadows Park.  The Doko Meadows Park Foundation constructed a new amphitheatre, welcoming audiences and visitors of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, and abilities.

  • Riverbanks Society (2016): Waterfall Junction at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden- Waterfall Junction-a brand new attraction within the Riverbanks Botanical Garden, which opened in April 2016- shelters three acres of ponds, creeks, falls and meadows; inviting visitors of all ages to connect with nature through hands-on exploration, imaginative learning, and social offerings. The grant provides funding for public gathering and education sites within the new attraction.

  • Saluda Shoals Foundation (2015): St. Andrews Road Expansion- The conversion of an abandoned industrial site into an enjoyable green space for the community will demonstrate pride in, and access to, beautiful spaces for everyone. 

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