North Charleston Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park is free and open to the public year-round and has become a favorite destination for residents and visitors. Set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River, the park is adjacent to the historic homes once occupied by Charleston Naval Base officers, surrounded by graceful grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas. The park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion, expansive lawn, and Picnic Shelter, which provide a wonderful outdoor setting for small and large scale events, such as the City’s 4th of July Celebration, the North Charleston Arts Festival Grand Finale, concerts, festivals, family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and more. Other park attractions include 10 acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, a boardwalk, a fenced-in dog park, an oversized sandbox and children’s play fountain.
In addition, Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians who served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the Charleston Navy Base was operational. The Memorial is the only location in the United States that displays both the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming statues. The park also hosts the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. The 11-month exhibition (May through March) features large-scale sculptures by established and emerging artists from across the country.
Areas of the park available for rental through the Cultural Arts Department are the Performance Pavilion and lawn, the Picnic Shelter and the boardwalk.