The city's park department is making plans to revitalize the historic Finlay Park.
The park has developed a reputation for being dilapidated and widely populated by homeless people.
By: Emmonie Crumblin
Columbia's Finlay Park has developed a reputation for being dilapidated, and widely populated by homeless people in recent years. But now the historic park may see major renovations soon.
"What it comes down to is Finley Park is a signature park. One that the general public at large feels comfortable utilizing, and we want to make sure that we provide a facility that represents our park system well," Columbia's director of Parks and Recreation Jeff Canton said.
Columbia's Parks Department has developed designs that include renovations like upgrading the fountain, building a bridge across the pond, and having more handicap accessible pathways.
Finlay Park could also be the new home for the city's famous giant fire hydrant sculpture, the Busted Plug.
"Our hope is that we can begin a process in a matter of months opposed to years so we can bring Finlay back to where people expected to be," Canton said.
The park has hosted a number of concerts, festivals, and public gatherings over the years. During the 80's, it was upgraded to aid in the redevelopment of the Vista to help draw tourists and spur residential development.
A final proposed plan and budget will not be available until January or February of next year.