A breeding pair of Purple gallinule's spent the summer of 2017 at Brick Pond Park where they raised 4 chicks. John Harpring was first to report the birds and sent the beautiful photo (above) taken at the park.
Research Spotlight! Augusta University WIldlife Research at Brick Pond Park - By Ashley Holmes
PLEASE NOTICE: Railroad Avenue and the Brick Pond Park parking lots are closed for construction. Parking is available at the Parking Deck or Municipal Center on Center Street, and at the North Augusta Greeneway entrance off of Riverside Boulevard.
To report illegal activity including feeding wildlife contact Public Safety at (803)279-2121
Alligators and venomous snakes are present in the park, stay alert, stay out of the water at all times, pay close attention to your children and stay safe! Enjoy the park.
Park Rules: (partial list, other rules may apply)
- When visiting the park, don't feed any of the wildlife (see notice below).
- Practice "leave no trace" principles, take out what you bring in and use the trash receptacles.
- All pond visitors must remain out of the water (i.e., no swimming, wading, playing water sports, or standing in any of the ponds).
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times. It is not safe for pets to be in or near the waters edge due to alligator presence.
- Please stay on the designated trails
- Do not drive on any of the trails
- Park in designated parking areas only
- Be alert at all times for alligators or other animals in the park.
- ALWAYS keep children away from the water, on the trails and within reach at all times.
About the park:
Brick Pond Park is a forty acre restored wetland. Every trip to the park can bring new adventure and discovery for young and old alike. Welcome!
The Park is open dawn to dusk and is free to the public.
Brick Pond Park is located at: 88 Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, SC 29841
The park is located just off of Center Street below the Municipal Center at 100 Georgia Avenue. You can park at the Municipal Center and walk down to the park. Alternatively, you can take Riverside Boulevard (next to North Augusta Public Safety on Buena Vista Avenue) and park and enter the park at the North Augusta Greeneway Trail entrance.
In-Park Parking: Available at several locations.
Parking lots within the park can be reached by Railroad Avenue (off Riverside Boulevard traffic circle) or by traveling to the end of Center Street. Take a left off of Center Street to reach Parking Lot A, next to 13th Street Bridge. Take a right off of Center Street to reach Parking Lot B that is located off of Railroad Avenue on the other end of the park (heading towards Hammond's Ferry). Additional parking is available at the entrance to the North Augusta Greeneway Trail on Riverside Boulevard or at the Municipal Center parking lot.
- Trails (for biking, walking, or running)
- Pavilion in East Pond with seating for wildlife viewing
- Dock with seating at West Pond
- Picnic Table
- Benches throughout
- Scenic beauty
- Fishing - West Ponds only (see below for more details)
- Canoeing (only non-motorized canoes, paddle boats, or other rowing boats allowed in the park)
- North Augusta Stormwater Education at Brick Pond Park
- Restrooms within walking distance from the park are available in the City Parking Deck located on Center Street just across from the Municipal Center.
Brick Pond Park adjoins the North Augusta Greeneway Trail (twelve miles of scenic trails from Savannah River front to Bergen Road across I-20).
Holding Events at the Park
Holding small events at the park is permitted without reservation. Please understand that it is a public park and your activities should never block other visitors out of areas of the park while your event is underway. If you are planning a large event with 100s of guests, please contact Parks & Recreation for more information.
Stormwater Treatment at Brick Pond Park
Brick Pond Park was developed to provide stormwater treatment and to improve the ecosystem. Before we started restoration, the system was disconnected, had low to no oxygen (everywhere except West Pond), was impaired by excessive nutrients, trash and industrial debris and was full of dead and dying trees with little to no wetland vegetation. Aquatic species were nearly non-existent (again except in West Pond). Amphibians and reptiles (semi-aquatic) species were present throughout the system.
North Augusta and the developers of Hammond's Ferry (a community adjacent to the park) partnered to determine what could be done and then implemented the plan to improve the ecosystem and create the park. Through early studies it was found that several things were missing that had to be provided to successfully restore the ecosystem and to provide a way to treat (clean) stormwater. They were dissolved oxygen, water movement, a connected system, aquatic species (diversity) and plants. Also, incoming sources of excessive nutrients had to be identified and eliminated to improve water quality. The ponds were connected by reducing or removing berms that were left years ago from equipment used to remove the clay for bricks. Waterfalls (with pumps) were installed near the constructed wetland to provide movement and aeration (also to increase dissolved oxygen). The constructed wetland was developed as a series of cells (1, 2, and 3) and plants were then selected and installed to provide stormwater treatment allowing the removal of pollutants coming into the system with rain water from roadways, yards, parking lots and garden areas.
Trash, sediment, and other pollutants that are brought in through stormwater pipes are filtered-out of the system by using existing wetlands located higher on the landscape at the park. These were planted with vegetation and storm water was routed to them first so they could act as pre-treatment wetlands (also called "perched wetlands") located adjacent to the constructed wetlands. The perched wetlands pre-clean polluted stormwater before it flows to the constructed treatment wetland. Once the water reaches them, it is again filtered by plants and other biological processes. This cleans the remaining pollutants further and then finally, the water is recirculated continuously through back through the system by the waterfalls.
Tests results from water samples that were taken at water entering from storm drains, samples taken within the perched wetlands, samples taken beyond the constructed wetland, and those taken within the ponds (sample locations) indicate that the system is working as designed, it is removing pollutants. Samples of water entering the system had results much higher than those within the system. Other indicators like the dramatic improvements in wildlife use, wetland plant colonization and aquatic species colonization (insects, fish, microbial, mollusks, zooplankton, phytoplankton, etc.) indicate improved overall water quality at Brick Pond Park. Today the wetlands within the park are much healthier than before and can sustain the abundant wildlife that is required to maintain a healthy wetland ecosystem.
Center Street separates the constructed treatment wetlands from the restored wetlands of East Ponds and the West Pond. In the East Ponds (where the Pavilion is located) work included reshaping and adding a solar aeration system (seen on one of the islands). Fish were stocked in Brick Pond Park in 2008.
West Pond was determined to be a healthy ecosystem and no work was conducted there other than the addition of a dock. In the future, small wetland cells will be added in West Pond where stormwater flow will enter the system as Hammond's Ferry and the Riverfront completes development. This stormwater treatment system was designed to treat the first one inch (first flush) of rainfall for all of the development going on around it. Historically, stormwater along with all of the pollutants it picked up, always flowed to this system of ponds creating the sick ecosystem that was found there. With the design changes and improvements, it is working as a natural system with a much better balance of plants, animals, microbial and macro-invertebrate communities to function as a healthy ecosystem. The city will continue to monitor the system for water quality and invasive species and when required, do what is necessary to maintain it as a healthy ecosystem.
The restoration of the entire system began in late 2006. It was completed in November 2008, when the park opened. A pre-construction/restoration survey and water quality report were developed before any work began. The information gathered is compared to the new information gathered since the park was completed. A five year study is completed and a full report will be published here in 2014.
Brick Pond Park "A Wild Life" was published for visitors that want to learn more about the wildlife at the park including plants that are found there. It is available at the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center for $3.85.
To learn more about Brick Pond Park or educational opportunities and park tours, please contact Tanya Strickland, (803) 441-4246 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
FISHING AT THE PARK: To obtain a city Fishing Permit or to learn more about using the facilities for special events, please contact the North Augusta Riverview Park Activities Center, phone (803) 441-4311. City fishing permit fees vary, but are no more that $3.00 per year. State permits can be acquired through the SC Department of Natural Resources. Please do not interfere with other visitors or leave anything behind. Only fish in designated areas.
Alligators do live in Brick Pond Park! Use common sense, give wildlife a wide birth and never throw anything, shout at, be aggressive or threatening to, or harass them in any way. Stay on the trails. Do not feed any wildlife at the park. If an alligator is fed, it becomes accustomed to humans and sees them as food, thus changing their behavior.
Alligators can not be relocated in South Carolina, they must be destroyed. So, a Fed Gator is a Dead Gator. Do your part to protect them, leave them be to live naturally.
NOTICE TO VISITORS: It is illegal to feed the wildlife and waterfowl (wild or domestic) within city parks in North Augusta. Fines up $500.00 can be imposed (City Ordinance No. 2010-08).
For more information regarding events you are planning, please contact our Parks and Recreation Department staff at (803) 441-4300 or (803) 441-4311
To report illegal activities at the park contact Public Safety at (803) 279-2121