Standing on the bank of the Catawba River, Juliette Stock captured the crowd's mood simply and eloquently.
"I'm glad we actually get to use the river instead of just looking at it all the time," she said.
Stock and her family where among those who attended the Riverwalk Celebration, the official opening of Rock Hill's newest recreational facility.
The Riverwalk Trail is the park's main feature. It is 2.5 mile of paved path for walking or biking along the river. The trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional system of trails crisscrossing 15 counties in the Carolinas.
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols was among those strolling the trail under the trees. "To be able to enjoy this much beauty and this much nature is fantastic," he said.