City honors former mayor by naming Riverfront Park after him | Events
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The City of West Columbia is honoring a former mayor with a monument at the Riverwalk he worked so hard to complete.
City officials will unveil the Mac Rish monument installed at the Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater Thursday, August 22. The dedication ceremony is at 4 p.m.
Rish served as a city leader from 1989 until his death in office in December, 2003.
Joe Owens, the current West Columbia mayor and a close friend of Rish, described the dedication ceremony as, “a fitting tribute to a man who greatly loved his hometown and worked diligently toward his vision that all citizens should be able to come down and enjoy the river.”
Under Mayor Rish’s guidance, West Columbia grew to be the second largest municipality in Lexington County. During his tenure, the city built a second water plant located on Lake Murray, Northside Middle School relocated into new facilities, and Tri-City Leisure Center and Howard Sports Complex were completed. He played a significant role in the development of Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in 1998.
Rish’s dream of making the Congaree River accessible to everyone became his greatest accomplishment through his leadership in transforming an overgrown, inaccessible riverbank into the popular West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater of today.
The West Columbia Riverwalk Park is located at 109 Alexander Road beside the Gervais Street Bridge (US Highway 1). The park is dog-friendly and ADA accessible.
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