When: Fri., July 3, 4-11 p.m. 2009
You’ve heard of Waterfront Park downtown, with its pineapple fountain and harbor-view swings, and now the little town across the bridge is unveiling its very own version. The Town of Mt. Pleasant has built a new park in a truly unique spot: at the base of the Ravenel Bridge. There you’ll find the Kruger B. Smith Visitor Center, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, a playground, a fishing pier, and a war memorial. Take that, pineapple fountain. Opening ceremonies this weekend kick off on Friday evening with a free festival. Kids’ activities, music, and food will keep you busy until the official park dedication at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the Charleston Community Band. The East Coast Party Band will play on the pier at 8 p.m., so bring your shagging shoes. Free parking is available at the park and the College of Charleston Athletic Complex, where you can catch a free shuttle. But that’s not all, folks. On Sunday at 2 p.m., head back to the park for the dedication of the Sweetgrass Pavilion, featuring basket-making demos, African fabric art, and performances from We Be Brethren and Highly Flavored. Then at 6:30 p.m. the war memorial will be unveiled and dedicated, followed by a performance from the USMC band, reenactment groups, and speakers. Life ain’t so bad under the bridge.