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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 was so excited to see the huge fountain but it's no longer working. Arrived to see a huge, dry, trash covered brick disappointed. The park it's self is seemed pretty nice, but the entire reason I we...  more »
  • All I can say is wow! Wow, in a what the hell is going on kind of way! People come here to see the waterfall, all you is see is a whole lot of nothing. Water is turned off, so no water = no water feat...  more »
  • Daughter in town. Decided to go downtown thinking about walk around the park and admiring water feature. Nice walk but water shut off. Looks like park might need TLC.  more »
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  • Large urban park in the heart of Columbia. As with all inner city parks, there is a homeless element, but they are just one group of many that frequent the park and overall it is a lovely place. There is a path out of the edge of the park that is also nice that takes you to the large cemetery by the 126 bridge. It is a great little walk and lots of fun.
  • It kind of has a down in a hole feel. The parking is complicated to navigate, the gated area and its hours when the park itself has something going on later is annoying. I do love the Shakespeare in the Park tough. The audience area is just perfect for an outdoor venue in the South where the heat can get caustic. It has just the right combo of shade and breeze. The movie night is cool in theory, but the sound system is so terrible that if you're going to see a movie you've never seen, it would be better to skip it.
  • That park use to be great for the whole family. Unfortunately now it's filled with people less fortune then others. The play grounds were taken away at some point and I haven't seen the water coming down the man made waterfall. My advice is unless your going to feed or spend time with the homeless stay away.
  • Somewhat disappointing. Hours after I left, someone was shot and later died! The place is full of homeless bums and it's difficult to enjoy a peaceful walk. Also, the water fountain still doesn't work and I've been visiting for over a year! Additionally, is there a reason why there are absolutely no ducks or geese? Perhaps they know something we don't, lol.
  • Beautiful park but very dangerous. Street crime and at night lawless. I carry concealed weapon here and still uncomfortable. Avoid when alone and woman be very careful.

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