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Address: 930 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201-2313

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In disrepair?

It's an amazing park, and I recall visiting it when it was new. But on a visit there today it seems that much of infrastructure, especially the fountain/water feature... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in Columbia for a few hours to brake up our trip and was disappointed to find such a beautiful park according to the pictures to be a empty green field that was occupied by a few homeless people sleeping . I spoke to a park ranger and he informed me that the play gym had been taken down he... More 

1 Thank Ricardo C
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's an amazing park, and I recall visiting it when it was new. But on a visit there today it seems that much of infrastructure, especially the fountain/water feature centerpiece, is no in disrepair. It's still a great place in the city, but could definitely use some investment and updating.

1 Thank NC-Michael
Pembroke Pines
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We visited this "famous" park in the morning. The fountain/falls were not working. The lake was full of some type of water plant growth choking the fish. Dead fish floating all around the edge of the lake. Homeless people sleeping on benches everywhere. We were approached by a guy for money telling us how many time he was shot and... More 

5 Thank Gary R
South Carolina
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22 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Too bad city leaders let this place get so bad. Fountain is not working. Bums sleeping on benches etc.

1 Thank c0c0nutphil
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Went here with my pre-school class, the children really enjoyed them selfs, we had a picnic there, the children play ball and ran around , very nice place to visit

1 Thank Mandy l
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Was intending to go into the park but we walked right passed it. We definitely did not feel safe going into the park. Looks beautiful from the outside but overrun now.

1 Thank fcasilio
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Sad. The park used to be a great place to walk during the day. My friends got married here, but the city hasn't kept up the water feature. Grass is over watered and patchy. Parking is not sufficient for large events.

1 Thank Jennifer R
Reading, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Park has definitely gone down hill. We are from PA stopping through on our way to FL and decided to take a stroll with our two little kids and were beyond disappointed. Homeless people everywhere, feels unsafe. No playground for the kids, dirty. DO NOT GO HERE!

1 Thank Aeaglegirl1616
Evansville, Indiana
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

My husband & I were driving through town & decided to visit this park. The photo online look beautiful, but we got here & were disappointed. The fountains were not on & did not appear to have been on for several months. There were several homeless people sleeping throughout the park & trash cans were broken with trash on the... More 

1 Thank Zee_Zoey
Columbia, South Carolina
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129 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This park was once a beautiful vibrant park with walkways, playground, fountains, concerts and lovely open spaces. It is now run down, and in some parts dangerous because it has not been maintained. There are homeless people everywhere, under trees, on benches, everywhere. The City needs to revitalize this park to take advantage of this wonderful downtown space and make... More 

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