Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council members, elected leaders from Richland and Lexington counties, board members of the River Alliance and other guests gathered Wednesday to hold a dedication for Coble Plaza.
Formerly known as Canalfront Terrace Building and Park, it's located behind the EdVenture Children's Museum.
The new name recognizes the efforts of former Mayor Bob Coble in promoting the development of walkways and recreation areas that are part of the Three Rivers Greenway along Columbia's riverfronts.
The plaza was planned as a centerpiece of the Capital City's riverside amenities, a link in the eventual continuous length of walking trails bordering the city canal and riverfront.
“Our goals were to open our rivers as community assets and create private sector investment,” Coble said. “Developing the greenways on both sides of the rivers was a regional, public and private effort over two decades.”
The overall development of the lower portion of the Columbia Canal began over ten years ago with the development of the EdVenture Project, a three story building housing the EdVenture Children’s Museum, and the planned development of the canal’s eastern bank with the Terrace Building, completed in mid-2010.
The Terrace Building provides meeting and conference facilities fronting on the canal.
The addition of the outdoor greenspace consists of a broad promenade cantilevered over the east bank of the canal, with landscaped paved walkways and stone and concrete seatwalls, ramps and stairways.