Savannah Riverkeeper will launch a $2 million capital campaign to finance remodeled offices, an education center and kayak facilities on riverfront land leased this week from the city of Augusta.
The 13.9-acre parcel on Prep Phillips Drive, about a mile downstream from the advocacy group’s current office near the Boathouse, includes an empty steel building once used as the city’s traffic engineering shop.
The lease, approved Tuesday by the Augusta Commission, allows the group to use the site for 100 years for $1 a year, with provisions that include keeping the area public.
One of the first projects will be the creation of a kayak trail to allow paddlers access to the nearby Savannah River. That amenity could open as early as this fall, Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said.