- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. is providing an update on renovating one of the city’s most iconic parks, Colonial Lake.

Riley meets with reporters on Monday to discuss the $5 million makeover of the lake that is often featured in paintings and photographs of Charleston.

Plans call for new granite facing around the shore of the lake, new trails and new pipes to improve the water quality in the lake that connects to the Ashley River.

The city is working with the Charleston Parks Conservancy on the project.

The conservancy was started six years ago with a $10 million gift from financier Darla Moore. Moore says the idea for the Colonial Lake renovation began after she and her husband bought a house in Charleston.

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