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Celriver Legacy Plaza Grand Opening

The mission of the Celriver Legacy Project is to preserve the legacy of the Celanese Celriver facility, the people who worked there, and their significant contributions to the history and economy of the community.
November 8th marks the date for the Grand Opening of the Celriver Legacy Plaza, adjacent to the Riverwalk YMCA.  Thanks to the involvement and the support of literally hundreds of businesses and individuals, the Celriver Legacy Project Board has been hard at work to establish a permanent environmental artwork in the form of an open-air plaza. 

Features of the Celriver Legacy Plaza include:

  • A central historic area with custom concrete and bluestone paving, over 500 names of donors and former employees etched in the paving, kiosks with historical graphics from the former plant, a reflective poem etched in stone, and industrial bench seating; all representing the legacy of the Celriver Plant that was significant to the economy and local community for almost six decades.
  • A promenade entrance with a variety of ground cover, colorful plants, shade trees, and boulders to relate to the dynamic, distinctive, outdoor lifestyle being developed in Riverwalk.
  • Corten steel artwork depicting Celriver workers lining the promenade and positioned within the historic area to recall the importance of these employees to the facility, Rock Hill, York County, and the surrounding area.
  • Paving, hardscape, and bench seating for informal hospitality events sponsored by the City, YMCA, Riverwalk, or other groups.
The Grand Opening will be a drop-in at the Plaza on Riverwalk Parkway from 10:00 to 11:30 AM on November 8, 2017.  The site will provide an intersection of shopping, exercising, socializing, dining, and remembering history for the vibrant Riverwalk community and surrounding area!  The Legacy Plaza will share the Celriver history and heritage while engaging and building community through awareness and appreciation.

Although the Plaza is the major feature of the Celriver Legacy Project, the South Carolina Historical Marker at the site and the hardback Legacy Book are additional undertakings that have been completed.  The final element of the project is the endowed scholarships at York Tech and Winthrop.  We need continued support to fully fund the scholarships and wrap up the total Project.

The Celriver Legacy Plaza was developed as a partnership between Riverwalk Carolinas, the City of Rock Hill, and the Celriver Legacy Project.  Other major business and community support has been received from Founders Federal Credit Union/Pump House Restaurant/BNA CPAs & Accountants, Rock Hill Coca-Cola, Arrowpointe Federal Credit Union, York County Natural Gas Authority, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Piedmont Medical Center, Celanese Corporation, Williams & Fudge, Family Trust Federal Credit Union, and Comporium Communications Corporation.

TG&R Landscape Group is the general contractor for installation of the Plaza with features supplied by Burris Brothers Landscaping, Cato’s Welding and Fabrication, Professional Lawn Systems, Gaulden Monuments, Alex DeSantiago Masonry, and Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios.  LandDesign of Charlotte provided the master plan and design as well as the free verse poem inscribed in the stone paving.

The Culture and Heritage Museum led the installation of the South Carolina Historical Marker and the publication of the Legacy Book.  Historic Rock Hill/The White Home mentored the new 501(c)3 Celriver Legacy Project .

The Celriver Legacy Project
PO Box 11134
Rock Hill, SC  29730
803-329-2321 (Mack Bailey)