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Finlay Park, Columbia

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Finlay Park, at 14 acres, is the largest and most visited park in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The park opened in 1991. Initially named Sidney Park, it was renamed after a former Columbia mayor Kirkman Finlay. In the park there is a scenic waterfall along with cascading mountain type stream falling to the park lake. There are picnic tables, two playground areas and a cafe. The park is a favorite for families. Outdoor movies are played on Friday nights during the summer months.

The park is also host to numerous events and festivals, including the Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series. The free outdoor concerts run for 13 weeks beginning May 24th and include blues, beach, classical, contemporary/top 40, country, bluegrass, reggae and more. Admission is free and picnics are welcomed.
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  • I'm a photographer who happened to be passing through Columbia while driving to North Carolina, and i decided to stop in Finlay park to take some pix. It was bad! The fountains were dry, the place was...  more »
  • After reading about the park and seeing pictures, I was very disappointed. The walks and grounds need some serious upkeep. A lot if trash and debris littering the grounds. Most disturbing were the peo...  more »
  • Don't waste your time. The fountain doesn't work. Parts of the brickwork are in bad shape. There is trash littered around. Go to another park.  more »
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  • Nice park, yet there is opportunity to help the homeless, in the process it's a great family spot. The park is always clean. Security is always present to insure your safety.
  • After seeing some quick reviews and images I was excited to see this park with my kids....poor choice the water in the fountain dose not work. The whole place was filled with homeless people. It is great if u are wanting to feed the homeless or offer supplies to them. But no place to go visit. Didn't let my kids get out of the car and there was actually human feces on the ground :(
  • Great bones. Needs some TLC and regular patrols, plus dedicated event staff.
  • A very nice and new children's playground was the highlight, along with a great lawn. The fountain that's in all the pictures was dry, which was disappointing. The primary drawback was the large number of homeless in the park. This made me somewhat uncomfortable being there with my kids. In the end, the kids had a good time, but I felt on gaurd the whole time, which dampened my enthusiasm.
  • Nothing like I remember. It used to be a beautiful park now nothing special about it.

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