Oxbow Meadows

Client: Columbus Water Works
Columbus, Georgia

Oxbow Meadows was a forgotten piece of land along the east bank of the Chattahoochee River south of Columbus and next to Fort Benning. The property was a place of numerous land exploitations including gravel pits, landfill, sewage treatment plant, sewage application fields, trailer parks and a bio-solids dump.

The land of Oxbow Meadows was historically one of the primary Creek Indian villages of lower Georgia and containes burial grounds and artifacts.

Park land was restored in a series of ongoing projects to create an educational and recreational resource as well as to serve as a learning laboratory for environmental restoration. Park development to date includes a golf course on reclaimed land, an infantry museum, creation of a mitigation wetland stocked for fishing in the gravel pits; and development of an environmental learning center, hiking trails and a festival field. Future/ongoing improvements include a canoe trail, nature center, playground, corporate pavilion, bike trails, equestrian center, fishing docks and outdoor classroom/amphitheater. This ongoing project is promising to be a classic example of how to recapture a wasteland and turn it into a valuable asset for the community.

Mike directed this project in the master plan phase while with Jordan Jones and Goulding.

 Oxbow Meadows Enviornmental Learning Center Master Plan

The Chattahoochee River forms several large horseshoe bends along the frontage of the park. The park also serves as the southern terminus of the Columbus Riverwalk.

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