The City of Columbia is certainly not pumping the breaks on unveiling new and improved city parks.
Yesterday, Mayor Steve Benjamin + City Council members held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Owens Field Pump Track (1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.) with the Parks and Recreation Department to officially reveal the new pump track and improvements to the public space.
Pump trackswere originallydesigned in the 70s and 80s for mountain bikers + BMX riders as a looped track with mounds that maximizes your momentum and allows you to continuously ride without pedaling. They are now popular among both amateur + professional riders, and can be made of dirt, concrete, or asphalt.
What can you expect at your next visit to the Owens Field Pump Track?
Upon arrival at the 0.9 acre park, you will find accessible parking, and as you explore the park, there is seating, water fountains, bike repair stations, bike racks, trash and recycling receptacles, and updated landscaping.
Taking one lap around the asphalt pump track is approx. 0.2 miles, and riders can try out bern turns (made of composite wood and asphalt), wood roller corners, a-frames, and more.
Wanting to see it virtually first? Check out this Youtube video to learn more about all the pump track has to offer.
Announced ○ Shovels & Ropeannounced that the upcoming concert on May 1 at the Historic Columbia Speedway has been canceled due to members of the band contracting the coronavirus. Tickets are still available for the next Cola Concert — Grace Potter on Apr. 28. 🎟️
Tech ○ Columbia-based tech startup Land Intelligence, Inc.has received $200,000 from SC Launch, Inc. to continue product development. This is the second investment in the business that offers software designed to support land transactions,including land development, home building, and investing.
History ○ Experience Columbia SClaunched Reconstructed: A Journey Through the Reconstruction Era in Columbia, SC, the Midland’sfirst history-centered tourism trail, in partnership with Historic Columbia. The trail features 8 locations + highlights 10 influential people of the post-Civil War period. Check out the trail booklet here.
ComingSoon ○ QuikTripis adding a new location to the Midlands in the Fall of 2022. The newest QT gas station will be located at the intersection of Shop + Atlas roads. (The State)
Number ○ $57 million. The amountthat the City of Columbia financed through an installment purchase revenue bond. The funds will be used to purchase and renovate the building for the new municipal headquarters (located at 1401 Main St.) in addition to other city projects. (The Post and Courier)
NowOpen ○ The Hawaiian-inspired restaurant Poke Broshas added another location to the Midlands at Village at Sandhill(461-1 Town Center Pl.). The new location opens today at 11 a.m. 🐟 (Soda City BizWire)
Watch ○ The drive-in theater The Big Mois set to reopen in May. The Big Mo is located in Monetta (about 30 miles away from Columbia) and is celebrating the anniversary of opening night 70 years ago. Stay tuned to see what films will be shown during opening weekend on the Facebook page.(WLTX)
UofSC ○ The parents of Jake Panus, Stephen and Kellie, have created a new Walk-On Football Endowed Scholarship in memory of Jake who passed away in Aug. 2020. Jake had a passion for Carolina + a dream of attending UofSC like his father, and the new scholarship was established with the support of Head Football Coach Shane Beamer. 🏈(WIS)
Outdoors ○ Prosperity-native Anthony Gagliardifinished in second place to Matt Becker of Finleyville, PA in the 4-day Major League Fishing championship on Lake Murray. Becker reeled in 20 bass weighing 76.5 pounds to win the grand prize of $137,000, beating Gagliardi by 2.5 pounds. 🎣 (Cola Daily)
Trending ○ Chicken wings are a hot commodity these days. Nationally, there’s a shortage, causing the price of chicken wings to increase approx. 150%. Have you experienced this dilemma + where are you finding local chicken wings? Let us know here. (The State)
Health ○ Vaccines prevent many common infectious diseases, so it’s important to stay up to date on them. Kevin Via, MD, shares a breakdown ofrecommended vaccines for adults and who should get them. Ⓟ
Community ○ Merrill Gardens offers a new version of luxury senior living with not only at-home amenitiessuch as a library, movie theater + salon, but also quick access to The BullStreet District. Ⓟ
Dish ○ Nashville-based Porter Road Butcherships craft meat to doorsteps nationwide. They work with local farmers to humanely pasture-raise animals — with no added hormones or antibiotics. Offering quality brats, steaks, dry-aged hotdogs, Italian sausage + more, Porter Road is also offering our readers $20 off their first order of $99+. Ⓟ
Deal ○ In celebration of Mother’s Day, U Beauty is offering aget one, gift one dealnow through May 3for some of their award-winning skincare products.Buy The Duo 50ml + get The SCULPT 15ml, or buy The SUPER 50ml + get the Resurfacing Compound 15ml. Shop here.Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ We’re Hiring.Our cities are known as great places to live, work, and play..our office is, too.6AM City is hiring a Sales Development Rep to support the sales process by generating qualified leads for the Sales Team. Ⓟ
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Columbia is adding some color to the streets of downtown, literally. OneColumbia shared that the City of Columbia has a new parklet, currently located on Washington Street, thanks to a grant from AARP Livable Communities.
So, what’s a parklet?This colorful elevated platform uses a parking space in areas with limited sidewalk space to createmore room for people, seating for restaurants, and more. We can thank Frankie Zombie for adding the colorful appearance to the new addition.
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Arts ○Uptown Hip-Hop Throwdown: ATL Edition | Wed. Apr. 28 | 5-8 p.m. | Curiosity Coffee Bar | Price of purchase | Celebrate the influence of ATL with tunes from DJ Liv, food from Queen’s Kitchen, samples from ATL brewery Wild Haven + apparel and vinyl vendors.
TryThis ○ Open Mic| Wed., Apr. 28 | 7 p.m. | Tin Roof | Free | Show your skills or enjoy the show. 🎤
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