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.

Electrical Substation Construction

Noticed construction on the corner of Thornwell Court and Rosewood Drive? SCE&G is building an electrical substation there. The site has been graded, and a brick wall is being built. Construction of the substation is expected to begin in the fall.

Here is a rendering of what the substation will look like:

Rosewood Community Council worked closely with SCE&G to choose this site. Rosewood is growing and needs more power. This was the better of many options because it sits on the main distribution line so additional poles and lines won’t be needed and trees won’t have to be cut to connect the distribution site to the substation. The highest structure will be 24 feet tall. The substation will be enclosed with a four-sided brick wall and surrounded by trees to hide much of it. Eventually, this will eliminate the need for the Rite Aid and Tyler Street substations. SCE&G donated funds to help improve Rosewood and Valencia Parks.

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.