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City Council renames Waterfront Park to honor outgoing Mayor Joe Riley

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Mayor Joe Riley plants a tree during the construction of the Waterfront Park, which opened in 1990. (Photo/Provided by the city of Charleston)Mayor Joe Riley plants a tree during the construction of Waterfront Park, which opened in 1990. (Photo/City of Charleston)

Staff Report
Published Nov. 25, 2015

Charleston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to rename Waterfront Park in honor of Mayor Joe Riley.

The park will now be called Riley Waterfront Park. Riley was surprised as his family appeared on the balcony of City Hall before the resolution was read by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Waring, a news release said.

“With selfless dedication and the strength of his convictions to pursue the common good, he has aspired to excellence in every endeavor and has inspired all around him to do so as well. ... Mayor Riley has made a lasting contribution to the beauty of the city’s public realm and has ensured that it will forever be enjoyed by all her people,” the resolution reads.

In an interview with the Business Journal this summer, Riley said one of his goals during his 40-year tenure was to reserve waterfront property for public parks. Riley said the park’s opening in 1990 was one of his proudest accomplishments.

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