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Federal regulators have issued the final approval for a plan to extend Joe Riley Waterfront Park to a portion of the State Ports Authority property. The “River Walk” project will make an additional 400 feet of land along Charleston Harbor accessible to the public.

Work is expected to begin later this year and be completed by 2021. The expansion of the city’s most-visited park will start at the north entrance to the the property on Concord Street and end at Cumberland Street. That area will include elevated plazas and a marina for an existing water taxi service and the public.  

“When Waterfront Park rose along the banks of the Charleston Harbor nearly three decades ago, it was an extraordinary gift not just to our visitors, but to our citizens as well – a truly remarkable public space to visit, to enjoy, to share with family and friends,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a written statement. “Now, with the planned expansion moving forward, Charlestonians will be able to access and experience even more of this priceless public treasure in the years ahead.”