Riverfront Park's boardwalk winds along the Cooper River shoreline above the marsh grass. The naturalized seawall system parallels the boardwalk, creating prime fish and shellfish habitat in this protected area between the rocks and the shore. Photo by City of North Charleston
Riverfront Park spreads out from the mouth of Noisette Creek and continues down along the Cooper River. On this sultry, summer day, a breeze floats off the water, barely stirring the Spanish moss that drips from massive oaks. Couples swing out over the water. Pelicans soar overhead. Children laugh and splash in the fountain. People fish from the pier. Today is as easy as a walk in the park.
Locals, tourists, retired military, all visit Riverfront Park, and for many reasons: the historical Panama-style officers quarters, the boardwalk, unusual metal sculptures, unique playground equipment, escape from the heat, a crime free park, the military memorial, and lots of ships.
Carolyn Mann has frequented the park since its grand opening five years ago. “I used to work right over there on the Frank Cable, a submarine tender,” she said, pointing to the row of ships lined up at the shore. “I even played golf right on this spot.”
Mann, retired Navy, is referring to the military golf course once located here. In 1901, this section of town became the Charleston Naval Base. As such, it was off limits to most residents for nearly a century. The base closed in 1996. Read More…