Celebrating renovated Colonial Lake

Celebrating renovated Colonial Lake

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston are celebrating the completion of $5.9 million renovations of Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston.  
The groundbreaking for construction began in Jan. 2015 and has taken more than a year to finish.

Now complete, the park boasts more space for walking and jogging as well as new sidewalks. Colonial Lake also has nearly three times more benches and a seat wall along Rutledge Avenue for visitors.

Renovations also included an improved water control system so the water in the lake basin flows efficiently in and out from the Ashley River. The 140-year-old seawall also received fresh repairs.
"Colonial Lake has always been a special place in Charleston. However, we saw that this space could be even more lovely and help us set a new standard for beauty in the public realm," Darla Moore, founder and chair of the Charleston Parks Conservancy Board of Directors, said. "We're thrilled with the result of this wonderful partnership with the City of Charleston and the hard work of so many dedicated volunteers."
The repairs mark the first major renovation since the 1880's, according to the Conservancy. Nearly 300 Conservancy volunteers have helped with the renovation, including adding more than 20,000 plants in the park.

The renovation project also included support from The Beach Company, which donated $1 million, along with contributions form The Speedwell Foundation, Pathfinder Foundation, Alison and Thomas Schneider, and the Historic Charleston Foundation.
A public re-opening celebration will be held Sat., June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will attend the ribbon cutting and the celebration will include entertainment and music as well as activities for children. Conservancy volunteers will be on hand to provide horticulture tour of the park's new gardens.

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