Originally a 1000’ high hill topped by a Union Civil War fort, Augusta Quarry was excavated for limestone during the first half of the 20th century. By the 1970s, the quarry closed and the water pumping ceased. Without the removal of water, the quarry filled and a 200’ deep lake formed. This lake is currently used by some local residents as an informal swimming and water sport venue. PORT and Sanders Pace Architecture were commissioned to design and enhance the safety and access to the lake. This work included the formalization of these activities through the introduction of a boardwalk, swimming beach, get-downs, overlooks, food kiosks and kayak/boat rentals, in addition to public parking and improved access to the water. The site’s rich history, incredible scale, and dramatic views inform the priorities of PORT’s design approach.