Photojournalism: Saturday in the Park

On June 3, people took advantage of a sunny Saturday to venture to Lake Olmstead. Some fished and kayaked, while a happy couple took part in a photo shoot. Others walked their dogs along the paths, and some just enjoyed being outdoors.

Lake Olmstead is a by-product of the Augusta Canal expansion that began in 1872.

The canal was expanded to allow for larger factories to be built. Augusta’s mayor was Charles Estes, a former contractor who had worked on the Erie Canal in New York, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

A bird on the banks of Lake Olmstead. Charmain Z Brackett/Augusta Good News

He hired Charles Olmstead, another engineer on the Erie project, to supervise the construction.

The stone aqueduct was blocked, damming Rae’s Creek and creating Lake Olmstead, the encyclopedia said.

The area features an abundance of magnolia trees as well as pines and other native species.

A view of the Julian Smith Park Concert Pavilion. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

The Julian Smith Casino was built in 1936 and named after one of the city’s former mayors. The white gazebo, also known as the Julian Smith Concert Pavilion, was constructed in 1937.

The park also has a disc golf course.  

A walker and a canine friend at Lake Olmstead Park Saturday, June 3. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Fishing from the dock at Lake Olmstead June 3. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Kayakers on Lake Olmstead. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
A couple had a photo shoot at the park Saturday, June 3. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
A view from the disc golf course at Lake Olmstead. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

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