Downtown splash pad named Griffin Park after city manager

May 13, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence City Manager Drew Griffin’s legacy will live on in Florence.

Monday afternoon, upon the motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II, the city council unanimously consented to naming the splash pad, fountain and park next to Wholly Smokin’ restaurant on South Dargan Street after Griffin and the construction of a monument designating it as such.

“I would like unanimous approval for it to be named the Griffin Park after Drew Griffin,” Brand said.

Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore was among multiple members of the council who seconded Brand’s motion.

“Thank you, Mr. Pro Tem,” Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela said. “I think that’s altogether appropriate.”

The crowd attending the meeting rose in a standing ovation after the council unanimously consented to the motion.

“It just gives you a really nice feeling,” Griffin said. “I mean, that’s all you can say. I love this city. I love the work I’ve been able to accomplish here with the team. I feel very fortunate to work with a council that is as dynamic [and cooperative as this one.]”

Griffin said he was just proud to be a part of the process of rebuilding Florence. Nothing, he added, could be done without the city council and the city staff.

The city built the area to give parents the ability to take their children downtown for lunch and then have the children play in the fountain or for parents to visit the Florence County Museum and then take their children to play at the fountain.

By giving the children something to do downtown, the city is able to make itself more of a destination for families. By getting more families downtown, the city is able to improve the viability of the downtown market.

The fountain plaza is the latest in a series of pocket parks in downtown Florence that are used by the city to compensate for the lack of green space downtown.

The new plaza had been designated the Cultural Gardens Plaza before Monday’s name change.