CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Current and former Charleston City councilmembers have combined some of their personal funds to put $10,000 toward a tribute to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley's 40 years of service, a press release says. The donation will be made to the Charleston Parks Conservancy.
Current Councilmembers Keith Waring and Bill Moody led the effort, according to the release.
The gift was announced Tuesday at Riley's last council meeting before he retires next month. On the same day, the councilmembers passed a resolution to rename Waterfront park in downtown Charleston for Riley, whose leadership made the park's construction possible.
According to the release, Waring and Moody are working with a citizens committee that will invite the park's original landscape designer, Stu Dawson of Sasaki and Associates, to collaborate on the design of a tribute honoring Riley in the park.
"Exactly what form the commemoration will take remains to be determined," Waring said, "but we want it to fit seamlessly into the park and be an appropriate way to honor the service to our city of Mayor Joe Riley, whose leadership has touched every area of Charleston and whose vision created the incomparable Riley Waterfront Park."
"The $10,000 raised will help establish a fund at the nonprofit Charleston Parks Conservancy, to be matched by additional funds raised in the community," the press release states. "The cost of the commemoration will be fully funded with private donations to the Conservancy's Riley Waterfront Park Fund. The total cost is unknown at this time, and it is anticipated that significant additional funds will be needed to complete it."