(Do) Good Things are Happening! June 2018

Do Good has done good.

Hard work pays off! Here are just a few of the good things happening at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater, newly re-branded as Waterworks at Riverfront Park:

  • Earth, Wind and Water team members selected this awesome logo, which will soon be incorporated into signage at the park.
  • Plans for public art are underway. OneColumbia is guiding the process for selecting an artist to bring the team's vision to life -- painting the amphitheater's base, walls and steps, and drawing on the natural colors of the surrounding environment.
  • Be on the lookout for new seating options, sponsored in part by What's Next Midlands! Just as many of you imagined, Adirondak chairs and hammocks will provide visitors with comfortable spots to sit and relax. 
  • Historic Columbia is helping with the research and design of new displays that will draw attention to the historic turbine building.
  • Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Happy Hours kicked off at 5pm every Tuesday in May! Featuring Bierkeller beers and Wurst Wagen's sausage cart, as well as walking tours guided by special guests.

Many thanks to our Do Good participants, for making our city a better place to live. And a very special thanks to our partner EngenuitySC for using their project management expertise to bring your ideas to life. 


Do Good 2017 : Top Ten


Water Access and Views

Safe, easy access for paddlers, fisherman, swimmers and those who want to appreciate the water from the shore. Teams pitched:

  • Kayak launches
  • Floating docks
  • Boardwalks


Enhanced signage for increasing awareness and way-finding, and providing education and inspiration. Teams pitched:

  • Consistent branding
  • Welcoming way-finding
  • Educational installations

Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection

From interactive installations to simple areas for quiet relaxation, spaces for recharging and reenergizing. Teams pitched:

  • Zen gardens
  • Labyrinths
  • Gazebos


More than just picnic tables – innovative options for seating that invite people to enjoy the environment. Teams pitched:

  • Hammock stands
  • Swings (for grown-ups, too!)
  • Seats that incorporate art and nature 

Public Art

Nature-based, functional and interactive art installations for the whole family. Teams pitched:

  • Birdhouses
  • Topiaries
  • Artful bike racks, trash cans, and more

Gathering Space

Spaces where family and friends can get together and spend time connecting. Teams pitched:

  • Treehouses
  • Container cafés
  • Activity lawns

Connection to Nature

Places for taking time out of our busy lives and reconnecting with our most precious natural resources. Teams pitched:

  • Gear rental
  • Rain gardens
  • Scenic overlooks


Enhanced light features for safety and ambience. Teams pitched:

  • Evening trail lights
  • Lanterns
  • Brightly lit call boxes

Activity/Event Space

Space for performances, food trucks, organic activities and other events that celebrate our local flavor. Teams pitched:

  • Performance stages
  • Bier gardens
  • Play structures

 Programs and Partnerships

Coordination between local government, non-profits and arts organizations to provide programs and events. Teams pitched:

  • Food truck rodeos
  • Environmental education programs
  • Opportunities for volunteerism and stewardship

Do Good 2017 WINNER : River Terrace

River Terrace at WaterWorks Park

Earth, Wind, and Water

Erin Johnson, Will Dillard, Cara Costigan, Justin Williams, Nell Orscheln, Diana Keane

Located at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater, River Terrace at WaterWorks Park is an urban oasis that incorporates the industrial aesthetic of the historic Columbia waterworks. It's a place where river, art, nature, and history converge. Key features include public art, green terrace, bike rentals, and permanent easels.