My brother and sister-in-law live and work in Rock Hill and are frequently talking about the Riverwalk and posting pictures of their cute dogs and cuter baby down by the water. After hearing about this in-progress development for years, I decided to finally go check it out.
The short story: Rock Hill is getting a massive mixed-use development along the Catawba River complete with walking trails, a kayak launch, a waterside restaurant and even a BMX Supercross track. As a former Rock Hill resident myself, I think it’s a huge win for the growing South Carolina city that attracts a number of residents who work and play in Charlotte.
Whether you’re one of many people who opt for the cheaper cost of living south of the state line in exchange for a commute to Charlotte or if you live in Charlotte and are looking for nearby things to do, add this to your radar.
There’s a 2.25-mile trail along the river for strolling, running, rollerblading or cycling. There were also a number of people swimming and laying out on half-submerged rocks when I walked through.
The Riverwalk landing is open 8am-6pm and drops you into a 2.75-mile trip with Class I/II rapids that ends at River Park.
The Pump House
Rather than bulldoze the old pumping station, they’re turning it into a waterside restaurant with rooftop seating slated to open Fall 2015. Looks so cool.
The retail hub will have a mix of restaurants, boutiques and office space with pedestrian-friendly streets and parks. This area is home to the Giordano Velodrome cycling track and will also be adding a YMCA Express, micro-brewery and grocery store.
Whoever came up with this plan is a cycling psycho because it includes: mountain bike trails, a BMX Supercross track, the Giordana Velodrome (Olympic track cycling) and a road course.
There’s lots of office space, including the 5-story BNA building right at the water’s edge, which I think would be a pretty cool place to work. The water is directly behind me in the photo below. Can we put the Agenda headquarters somewhere other than Charlotte? Unlikely.
I don’t even think that covers it all, but that was my first walk through. While a lot of this is still under construction, the trail, kayak landing and cycling tracks are open and people seem to be taking full advantage of them.
I’d be curious to hear any community objections to this project and also the environmental ramifications of adding so much development (and so many people) that close to the river.