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Renovations Planned for Public Picnic Area at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2011

Community Invited to Enjoy Nature in Renewed Setting

[Columbia, SC] — The public picnic area at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will soon receive a much-needed face-lift. Beginning on Tuesday, October 11, more than 70 community volunteers from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company will be installing several new picnic clusters in the area adjacent to the Zoo that runs along the Saluda River.

Each year, the management team at Colonial Life adopts a hands-on service project within the community.This year’s project at the public picnic area near Riverbanks also assists an ongoing effort by The River Alliance to form the Three Rivers Greenway—8.5 miles of pathway along the Congaree, Broad and Saluda Rivers.

"Riverbanks Zoo and the Three Rivers Greenway are unique, valuable resources for our community,” said Kara Addy, assistant vice president for corporate and external communications at Colonial Life. "It’s a privilege for us to work with both organizations to help create a place for families, school children and others in the community to enjoy for years to come.”

The riverside picnic clusters—dubbed Beaver, Raccoon and River Otter—are designed to serve the large numbers of guests visiting the Zoo as well as those wishing to enjoy the area’s history, culture and natural surroundings. In addition to building the new tables that were primarily funded by Colonial Life, volunteers will be working with Riverbanks’ horticulturists to provide new landscaping in the area.

The volunteers will work Tuesday, October 11, Wednesday, October 12, Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19. The project will conclude with a dedication ceremony at 11:30am on Thursday, October 20 in the newly renovated picnic area.