Friday, June 3, 2016

Colonial Lake reopens after a $5.9 million facelift

Celebrate with the Parks Conservancy on Saturday

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 5:18 PM

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One of downtown Charleston's largest public spaces reopens this weekend as the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the city celebrate a dramatic facelift to Colonial Lake.

Since January of last year, crews have been replacing sidewalks, turning over planting areas, repairing the tidal basin's traditional seawall, and replacing water drainage systems around the beloved Harleston Village park. The "new" park features more seating, a completely level walking surface around the whole lake, and 20,000 new plantings along expanded and shady, green spaces.

Tomorrow, the Charleston Parks Conservancy marks the park's reopening with a ribbon cutting and live music, along with model yacht demos (!!) and informational tours from engineers, horticulturalists, historians, and more.

The ribbon cutting begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at Colonial Lake between Ashley and Rutledge Avenues on Broad Street.

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