Riverfront Park opened in 1983 for recreational usage of the land where the original waterworks for the City of Columbia was situated.
This was also the site of the world’s first electrically operated textile mill and the hydroelectric plant, the oldest one in the state, is still operating.
The park, which separates the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, is approximately 167 acres and is just west of Huger Street. A popular jogging/walking trail runs two and one-half miles along the linear park and offers wonderful views of the river. There is also a beautiful brick amphitheater as well as a self-guided walkway by the old parts of the water plant. The park has the capability of hosting smaller concerts.