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Waterfront Park

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 6 August 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Waterfront Park is a twelve-acre park along approximately one-half mile of the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. The location of the park, between Vendue Range to the north and Adger's Wharf to the south, had historically been a center of maritime traffic with several wharves and shipping terminals. The area entered a long period of decline, capped in June 1955 by a fire at a steamship terminal at the site. By 1980, the site was an "overgrown area marred by charred pilings and gravel parking lots."

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. began making plans for a park on the site soon after taking office in 1975. Acquisition of land began in 1979, and after more than a decade of planning, fundraising and clearing environmental hurdles, the parks department and Ruscon Construction Co. broke ground in 1988. Work on the $13 million park progressed into 1989, and a target opening date was set for May 4, 1990. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo struck, causing about $1 million of damage to the park. Nevertheless, the park opened on May 11, just one week past the pre-hurricane projection.

The park was designed by Stuart O. Dawson of Sasaki Associates with assistance from Edward Pinckney Associates and has received many design awards. The park is composed of distinct sections. At the northern entrance to the park at the foot of Vendue Range (a street in Charleston), a large fountain was built which anchors the end of the park. From the fountain, Vendue Wharf is a wide, wooden pier which extends into the Cooper River and offers sheltered swings. A floating dock is attached at the far end and provides unobstructed views of the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriot's Point, and Fort Sumter. The pier extends into the river approximately the same length as the Tidewater Terminals, Inc. facility had, and its charred pilings from the 1955 fire are still visible.

The largest portion of the park, between Vendue Range to the north and Exchange St. to the south, is itself made of two distinct sections. Running along Concord St. and Prioleau St. for approximately one-quarter mile is a dense canopy of oak trees and many benches. Parallel the shady urban park and immediately adjacent to the riverfront is an open lawn landscaped with palmetto trees. The 1,200 foot palmetto lined esplanade follows the natural water line ensuring public access to the water’s edge. In the middle of the grassy lawn is the Pineapple Fountain, a large fountain shaped like a pineapple located immediately in front of the City Gallery.

At the southern end of the park, the formal esplanade follows the curve of the shore and turns back toward Concord Street. At Exchange Street, the park merges into restored salt marshes, creating valuable maritime habitat. Pedestrians can walk to the edge of the river at this point from Exchange Street to North Adger's Wharf. At the riverfront end of North Adger's Wharf, the 17th century pier was rebuilt in the original footprint with the original granite which was fished out of the river and reused. The pier was reconstructed using log cribbing construction of native palmetto trees to last for many generations. The pier marks the southern edge of the park.

Photo captured May 22, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

very good

6 Aug 2014 6:16am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful fountain nicely captured and interesting info

6 Aug 2014 8:24am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful image. Beautiful fountain and lovely design. Thank you for the interesting information. :)

6 Aug 2014 8:29am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb summer composition.:-)

6 Aug 2014 9:08am

FotoAnna ❀ from Mother earth, Netherlands

A pineapple as fountain... really gorgeous, Steven !!
Beautiful photo...

6 Aug 2014 10:45am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A beautiful structure with an interesting history.

6 Aug 2014 11:05am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique composition et attrayantes explications.

6 Aug 2014 12:00pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this bit of the park. I found it interesting how many years it took to decide to have a park and realizing the completion.

6 Aug 2014 3:21pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition; superb colors .

6 Aug 2014 3:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A spectacular image!!!!

6 Aug 2014 3:45pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great Shot.

6 Aug 2014 7:42pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very niec shot
with beautiful frame, colors, lighting & treatment!
L O V E L Y !

6 Aug 2014 7:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image of the fountain.

6 Aug 2014 11:37pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This sounds like such a lovely park. I love the ornate fountain. It definitely does resemble a pineapple! Beautiful color and a wonderful piece of art! I have always wanted to visit Charleston. It looks like such a beautiful city!

7 Aug 2014 1:18am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Such a beautiful pineapple and photographed so well. I can easily see why people want
to bask in its beauty every day and congregate there !~

7 Aug 2014 1:43am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very nice shot and the info makes it even better.

7 Aug 2014 1:48am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merveilleuse fontiane avec cet arbre dans l'axe et les personnages superbe.

7 Aug 2014 2:30am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

A lovely fountain. You caught lots of nice detail.

7 Aug 2014 2:41am

Abena from Illinois, United States

what a lovely calm shot! I love the color and all Steven !

7 Aug 2014 5:00am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


7 Aug 2014 9:00am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture of the fantastic fountain.

7 Aug 2014 2:28pm

Malaura from France

Une fontaine splendide, un super rendu et un article très intéressante. Merci Steven ! Amitiés :)

8 Aug 2014 5:58pm