As a part of Metro Spirit’s Metro’s Best survey, we asked our readers a few questions about our area and what they would like to see done…have a voice in the process.
The first question was ‘What should the city do with Lake Olmstead Stadium? Turn it into green space or create an amphitheater?’ 55% of our respondents want an amphitheater, compared to 45% for green space.
And since they are Metro Spirit readers, they had a few ideas and opinions to offer up. ‘Not name it Jackson-Smith’. This is in response to members of the Richmond County Commission who have proposed naming the amphitheater after former colleagues on the commission who recently passed away, Andrew Jefferson and Grady Smith.
Another reader survey answer was ‘COMPETE W LADY A’. Ahh, from the mouths of babes. This is exactly what those politicians hope to do. “If Ron Cross can give a talk about how wonderful SPLOST is in front of a packed park of drunk music fans, why can’t we?”
‘#*ck you’, ‘Demolish’, ‘Skatepark’, & ‘Burn it to the ground’ apparently are from our mote excitable readers.
‘Donate to Augusta University’. They don’t want it. ‘Donate to humane society’. They wouldn’t turn it down. There is a no kill shelter beside the stadium now in the former jail.
‘Urban garden’, ‘No’, and ‘New jail’.
Whatever happens to Lake Olmstead Stadium, the citizens and taxpayers of Augusta should have a say.
Our readers voted on the JBA staying put where it is VS. moving to Regency Mall by a vote of 82% to 18%.
We also received some suggestions of alternative locations: off Wheeler Road by Carmax, in Columbia County, Grovetown, Village at Riverwatch, corner of Reynolds and 5th, downtown area and across street from original (very specific). Then there was “anything but the two above”, and of course a ‘no’ and a ‘no f*ck you’.
So, moving the arena to Columbia County isn’t something RICHMOND COUNTY is going to do, but yes, quite a few readers were adamant to move it to CoCo.
We asked ‘Should strip clubs be outlawed in Augusta?’ 66% of our readers said ‘no’.
In our widest margin, our readers overwhelmingly say they want bars in Columbia County.
Our question: “Columbia County currently does not allow bars. Only restaurants which derive over 50% of their sales from food. Should Columbia County allow the voters to decide whether they want bars or not?”
86% voted Yes.
Makes sense. 42% of our respondents were 25-34, 65% were female, and 49% live in Columbia County. Cheers!