Owens Field Park presentation

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 6pm to 8pm to present plans for Owens Field Park after hearing from the neighborhood in December. Proposed plans include a Miracle League field and a dog park. The plans address parking, storm water, and YMCA programs.

The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map] For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

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Owens Field Park Master Plan Meeting

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm to hear feedback from neighbors and park users about the future plans for Owens Field Park. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide input on current issues in the park, including parking, storm water, safety, YMCA programs, a proposed Miracle League field, and a proposed dog park. For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

Community Orchard at Owens Field Park

Rosewood is home to a fruit orchard near the track at Owens Field Park. In 2011, the Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was awarded a grant for a community orchard from Edy’s Fruit Bars and the Tree Planting Foundation. Owens Field Park in Rosewood was chosen as the location to plant the orchard. We owe a big thank you to CEO and Edy’s, everyone who voted for Columbia to win, and the volunteers who helped plant the orchard!

Planting day, November 2011

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Updates on the orchard: April 2013

In the year and a half since the orchard was planted, the fruit trees have grown into a healthy and thriving orchard.

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Parks Renovations Nearing Completion

Improvements to Rosewood and Valencia Parks are nearing completion. Stay tuned for details on a party to celebrate the newly-renovated parks. See pictures of the progress below.

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New playground equipment at Rosewood Park

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New playground equipment at Valencia Park

The new playground equipment is part of a larger renovation plan.

Rosewood Community Council would like to thank the following for their help in completing these projects:

  • SCE&G for the majority of funding for these renovations,
  • Councilwoman Belinda Gergel for her guidance throughout the project,
  • the City of Columbia Parks Department for their help in planning and implementing these plans and for securing additional grants,
  • the Columbia Community Development Office for the community development block grant we received, and
  • Representative James Smith for his help in securing a State PARD grant.

Learn more about all of Rosewood’s parks.

Owens Field Park Bioblitz

The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina and the Rosewood Community Council will partner to conduct a BioBlitz at the Owens Field Park in the Rosewood Community on Saturday, March 9. Citizen scientists and interested community members are invited to take part in the survey, which will document the plant species along the Park’s trail system. A team of botanists affiliated with the A.C. Moore Herbarium will lead the study.

This BioBlitz will provide important information about environmental quality and land use changes in the Rosewood area. Documenting the Park’s botanical diversity will also allow for a better understanding of the natural plant communities that once occurred throughout the Rosewood area and will foster a greater appreciation for the community’s remaining natural areas.

Owens Field Park is a recreational area used by the public. Improvements to the Park’s trail system are being funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission.

The BioBlitz is open to the public. Participants should meet at the parking lot on the corner of South Holly Street and Airport Blvd adjacent to Memorial Stadium at 10 am on Saturday, March 9. Maps, data sheets and instructions will be provided; participants may bring garden gloves, digital cameras, and/or handheld GPS devices. No prior experience is required. Dress appropriately for outside work (closed toed shoes recommended) and bring a water bottle. The BioBlitz will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

For more information about the BioBlitz, contact Herrick Brown at the A.C. Moore Herbarium at 803-777-8175.

Botanists Needed for Owens Field Park

Are you an amateur or aspiring botanist? Herrick Brown, a botanist with the Department of Natural Resources, has begun to catalog the plants at Owens Field Park. Please join Herrick for an introductory meeting on February 10 at 4 pm at the Hamilton-Owens Field airport conference room to learn how you can help identify, photograph, or catalog the species in the park. No prior knowledge needed. Herrick will provide a primer on commonly found plants.

The content you help create will be featured here. RSVP by emailing Jenna Stephens at jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com.

Rosewood Dixie Youth Baseball

Rosewood Dixie Youth Baseball will hold registration on the remaining Saturdays in January and the first Saturday in February at Valencia Ballpark from 2pm to 5pm.  Kids will be able to practice from 3pm to 5pm. Coaches will be on hand during registration. Costs for the season have not yet been determined. Contact Michele Huggins at michelehuggins42@gmail.com for more information.

Parking Lot at Rosewood Park

The parking lot at Rosewood Park was paved in 2012 using a new permeable paver called PaveDrain. This is the first site in the state of South Carolina to use this new technology.

PaveDrain pavers

Rainwater drains between each of the concrete blocks, into a sublayer of rocks, then into a nearby rain garden. The rain garden is designed to absorb a lot of the excess rain, reducing storm water runoff.

Close up of a PaveDrain paver. The arch functions to collect extra water during heavy rainfall.

This parking lot was originally a dirt lot that neighbors called “the dust bowl.”

Dirt parking lot

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Completed parking lot

Find out about planned improvements at Rosewood Park and Valencia Park here.

Rosewood Park Construction

As of November 2012, Rosewood Park has a new parking lot, a rain garden, and new lights. Read details about the construction below. The park will soon be getting new playground equipment, benches, tables, and a newly-resurfaced basketball court.

Rain Garden

A hole is dug for the rain garden-to-be

Permeable soil is added to the hole where the rain garden will be.

The rain garden is planted with water-loving, native plants.

Here is some more information on rain gardens.

Lights

A new lighting scheme was implemented to provide greater lighting of the park, without unnecessarily intruding into neighbors’ yards.

The city dug trenches for the new conduits for the lighting system.

Old lights were removed.

Old lights at left; new acorn-domed lights at right

Parking Lot

Permeable pavers called PaveDrain were used in the new parking lot. This is the first site in the state of South Carolina to use these pavers, which help to reduce stormwater runoff. You can read a little more about that process here.

Dirt parking lot

Dirt parking lot before renovations

A 12 inch sub-layer of rocks is installed.

PaveDrain pavers are installed

Completed parking lot

Read about more improvements planned for Rosewood Park and Valencia Park.

Rosewood and Valencia Park Improvements Master Plans

Warped benches to be replaced

Rosewood Park and Valencia Park are undergoing major renovations to upgrade most of their amenities and add a few new ones.

Rosewood Park will be getting new playground equipment, new benches and picnic tables, and a newly resurfaced basketball court with a new goal.

Learn about already-completed improvements here.

You can view the Rosewood master plan here. (Hang tight; it may take an extra second to load.)

Valencia Park’s baseball diamond

Valencia Park will be getting new playground equipment and two new picnic shelters–one along the side of the existing concessions building, and another one beyond the outfield. You can view the Valencia Park master plan here.

Put on your party shoes, neighbors, because we can’t wait to celebrate our new parks!

Rosewood Community Council would like to thank SCE&G for the majority of funding for these renovations, Councilwoman Belinda Gergel for her guidance throughout the project, the City of Columbia for their help in planning and implementing these plans and for securing additional grants, the Columbia Community Development Office for the community development block grant we received, and Representative James Smith for his help in securing a State PARD grant.