Friday, June 19, 2009

City of North Charleston’s July 4th Celebration

The City of North Charleston will hold its July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 3:00pm - 10:00pm free of charge.

The following is a schedule of events:
3:00pm – 3:05pm - Welcoming Remarks by Mayor R. Keith Summey
3:15pm – 4:00pm - Charleston Capoeira
4:15pm – 5:30pm - Crowfield
5:45pm – 7:15pm - The Blue Dogs
7:30pm – 9:00pm - Mary Wilson of the Supremes
9:00pm – until - Show of fireworks over the Cooper River by Zambelli Fireworks International

Find daily updates on North Charleston's Facebook Page.

Riverfront Park is located on the former Charleston Naval Base, easily accessible from I-526 and I-26. Enter the former Charleston Naval Base by the McMillan Avenue gate or the Virginia Avenue gate and turn onto Hobson Avenue. Riverfront Park signs are visible for easy to follow directions. All parking is free and shuttles will be available for the convenience of guests.

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All general admission. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there will be no seating provided. No alcohol is permissible within the park. A wide variety of food vendors will be on site. Children activities will be available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain.

Riverfront Park is 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 the Charleston Naval Base officers, surrounded by graceful grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas. Bordered by Noisette Creek, the park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion and meadow.

Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians that 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. Riverfront Park is also the location of North Charleston’s 4th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. A component of the 2009 North Charleston Arts Festival, the Competition and Exhibition features large-scale contemporary sculptures on display throughout the year.

We'll see you on the 4th!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

North Charleston Enhances Citizen Service

We are constantly striving to enhance the service to our citizens. That’s why we have teamed up with WebQA to implement the GovQA Action Center, which allows us to increase access to information while improving communication with citizens and meeting their demands 24/7. Citizens now have access to a growing knowledgebase library and the option to complete user-friendly service requests.

The GovQA Action Center permits citizens to submit service requests to the City; such as reporting a streetlight out or requesting a pothole to be filled. The Service Center then captures, routes, manages, searches, and reports on all service requests submitted. Both the citizen and City management have the capability to access and track service requests and their status.

This service can be accessed by going to, and clicking on ‘Online Services,’ or from

The GovQA Action Center Series represents a comprehensive set of inbound and outbound communication tool centers that can be used over the phone, in person, or through the web to provide responsive service to both customers and employees. The GovQA Action Center Series components include information (knowledgebase), service, communication, and collaboration.

We are constantly looking for better ways to serve the citizens of North Charleston and its visitors, and the GovQA Action Center allows us to streamline service through technology.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Mayor.


R. Keith Summey

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Men’s Journal names Park Circle one of the nation’s “Coolest Neighborhoods”

The June edition of Men’s Journal named the historic Park Circle neighborhood as one of the nation’s “Coolest Neighborhoods.” This honor follows Cottage Living’s “Top Ten” for the Noisette Community in 2008, along with Green Builder Magazine’s naming of Oak Terrace Preserve as one of the nation’s leading green neighborhoods last December.

The article reads, “Left-leaning PARK CIRCLE in the north [North Charleston] has long flown under the radar in the state, and while development tends to change a place, its recent housing boom has left its liberalism intact. Sure, there are lots of new residents, but they seem to have the same unique, character-driven, fun-loving attitudes as the pioneers.”

Nationally, the criteria viewed often-overlooked neighborhoods serving as “enclaves that offer the best of both worlds – outdoor adventure and great homes – plus amenities such as amazing bars and bike shops.”

The Men’s Journal selection was largely based on the influx of artists and entrepreneurs relocating to Park Circle, and the Noisette Community’s cutting edge approach to sustainable urban renewal. Neighborhoods like Oak Terrace Preserve, Hunley Waters, and the I’on Group’s Mixson have put formerly blighted areas on the national radar for green development.

Park Circle was one of six neighborhoods picked in the Southeast, in a list that included West Asheville, North Carolina, and the Gulch in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wenner Media’s Men’s Journal is a sister publication to the Rolling Stone. Editor in Chief Jann Wenner is the force behind Rolling Stone’s meteoric rise in American journalism over the past 40 years, and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading publishers.

In a 2007 statement, ABC-Audit Bureau of Circulation reported that Men’s Journal had an audited circulation of 675,452, a number that could bring even more interest to the burgeoning rebirth of Historic Park Circle.

I am happy to know that Park Circle is getting the national recognition it deserves. I completely agree with Men’s Journal…Park Circle is cool.


R. Keith Summey

Read more in the Post and Courier North Charleston, a Cool place to be
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Read more in the Charleston Regional Business Journal Park Circle named one of the nation’s ‘Coolest Neighborhoods’
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