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Address: 930 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC
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Nice park but needs some TLC

This is a beautiful park in a great location downtown. The vistas here in the evening are amazing. But there are a lot of homeless people that litter the park and make it feel... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a beautiful park in a great location downtown. The vistas here in the evening are amazing. But there are a lot of homeless people that litter the park and make it feel unsafe, typical of a metropolitan downtown area, I guess...and the gorgeous fountain needs an overhaul. There is a lot of undergrowth in it making it smell... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went to this park and I must admit - we were hesitant due to all the reviews of all the homeless people - however, I'm glad we didn't pass it up. It was a beautiful day and there were no homeless people there (at least not that we saw anyway). The fountain and waterfalls are beautiful and the view... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This park could be so much better. It's home to a lot of homeless people which makes it very uncomfortable. I would like to enjoy myself without them staring to much or begging for money ( though I don't mind giving I can't give 5 or 6 times a day )

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Irmo, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

At over 20 years old now, the park is ready for some serious maintenance. It could be a lovely green space in the heart of the city, but the park is home to a lot of the homeless. There is a summer concert series held there, but safety is an issue after dark. The city is supposedly funding a facelift... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We were staying with 3 kids and the hotel recommended this park to get the boys outside. First we parked and there was NO ramp or stroller access to get down, so we ended up having to carry our twins down VERY steep steps and my older son walked. there were a lot of homeless around, so I was a... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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116 reviews 116 reviews
100 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The overlooks near the parking lot offer scenic views of the Columbia skyline. I visited twice to photograph the city--once late in the afternoon and again after dark. The park closes at 6:00 PM...but sunset in December is well before that. As in so many places throughout Columbia, the parking in the park is metered. It's not very expensive at... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Drove over to the park on a sunny Monday afternoon. Fountains not working, park is much smaller than the photos suggest, and many homeless people hanging around. Didn't get out of my car.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
57 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Lived in Columbia for several years, and this was a really nice park in the middle of the city. They have a lot of events there, and some nice benches that you can overlook the city. The biggest problem is that there are a lot of homeless people that live there which can be uncomfortable.

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spartanburg, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

One of the best fountains and a big view and it’s the best point of the interest of attraction for this park. Also being in the heart of the downtown Columbia it’s a great place to relax and picnic. Ground are well kept and it’s also a great place for the evening walk This has great play area for kids... More 

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Mauldin, SC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I enjoyed coming down here during school to see the skyline and study for class during the week before my downtown job started in the evening. I also enjoyed the summer concerts and the occasional oyster roasts that were hosted here. Weekends brought families and students from USC to enjoy the large greenspace. And then Columbia decides to build/expand some... More 

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