The park envisioned by the man who served as Charleston's mayor for 10 terms was renamed Saturday in his honor.
Waterfront Park is now officially Joe Riley Waterfront Park.
The dedication happened Saturday morning at the area landmark.
The plan to rename the park in his honor was announced at a Charleston City Council meeting in November 2015 as Riley was set to retire.
The announcement was a complete surprise for Riley, whose family sneaked into the balcony to witness the announcement. Riley thanked the council members for the resolution, something council members called a symbol of his fingerprint.
The 12-acre park, completed in 1990, is one of the Charleston peninsula's most visited parks, according to the Charleston Parks Conservancy. The park covers more than 1,000 feet along the coast.
The park features a drinking fountain, floral garden displays, and wi-fi access.
Riley had the idea for the eight-acre park along the Cooper River shortly after taking office as mayor of the Holy City in 1975.
The park opened in September 1989.