Parks and recreation
Riverwalk Augusta Ч riverfront park along and on top of city's levee Augusta Common Ч green space linking Broad St. to Reynolds St., with statue of James Oglethorpe Augusta Canal Ч historic canal with bike/pedestrian path Aqueduct Park Ч lagoon converted into park and swimming site by volunteers Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Ч wetlands park with pedestrian/bike paths and boardwalks Diamond Lakes Regional Park Ч park in south Richmond County Brookfield Park Ч public park featuring a playground, putting green, pedestrian/bike path, and a fountain in which children can play The Lady Antebellum Pavilion Ч A performance area in Evan's Town Center Park, officially dedicated to Lady Antebellum on 10/28/2011. Riverwalk Augusta is a city park along the Savannah River in Augusta, Georgia ( Richmond County) (United States). The park is alongside and on top of Augusta's levee. Sites along the Riverwalk include St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fort Discovery, and the Morris Museum of Art. The Augusta Canal is a historic canal located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. The canal connects two points of the Savannah River. It was devised to harness the power of the fall line of the Savannah River for mills, to provide transportation of goods, and to provide drinking water for the city. It is the only canal in the world still used for its original purpose of providing power to textile mills. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is a 1,100-acre (450 ha) nature park in Augusta, Georgia. The park contains wetlands and woodlands and has a campus for education on wildlife, which includes a visitor center. It has many bald cypresses draped in Spanish moss and forests of Loblolly and Longleaf Pine trees. Birds commonly found at Phinizy Swamp include: Red-Shouldered Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Sora, Wood Ducks and Bald Eagles. Sometimes the park yields rarities for Georgia, including Bla k-Bellied Whistling Ducks, and a Cave Swallow, in 2004. Other wildlife commonly found in the park include frogs and toads; snakes, including Water moccasin, Pigmy Rattlesnake, and Copperhead; beavers and muskrat; turtles; and dragonflies. Fishing and hunting are not permitted within the park. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. Primarily, the factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation that is adapted to its unique soil conditions: Wetlands consist primarily of hydric soil, which supports aquatic plants. The water found in wetlands can be saltwater, freshwater, or brackish. Main wetland types include swamps, marshes, bogs and fens. Sub-types include mangrove, carr, pocosin, and varzea. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Wetlands occur naturally on every continent except Antarctica. They can also be constructed artificially as a water management tool, which may play a role in the developing field of water-sensitive urban design. The largest wetlands in the world include the Amazon River basin and the West Siberian Plain. Another large wetland is the Pantanal, which straddles Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay in South America. The UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment determined that environmental degradation is more prominent within wetland systems than any other ecosystem on Earth. International conservation efforts are being used in conjunction with the development of rapid assessment tools to inform people about wetland issues.