Celriver Legacy Project to Begin Construction on Celriver Legacy Plaza

Celriver Legacy Project P.O. Box 11134, Rock Hill, SC29731

 News Release 9/22/16

         The Celriver Legacy Plaza, to be located in Rock Hill’s new Riverwalk Development, is moving forward to construction after approximately $290,000 was raised.  These gifts and pledges were received from 176 donors over the last 18 months.

            The Celriver Legacy Plaza will be located beside the Riverwalk YMCA, just in front of the Giordana Velodrome.  The Plaza is part of “Town Center”, now under construction on the former Celriver plant site to include retail, dining, and housing.

            The purpose of the Celriver Legacy Project is to preserve the legacy of the Celanese Celriver plant, its employees, and their significant contributions to the history and economy of the community.  For almost 60 years (from 1948 to 2005), the Celanese Celriver plant was one of York County’s largest businesses, employing up to 2,300 area citizens at any one time.  An historical marker, unveiled on the site June 1, refers to the plant as a “miracle of modern technology.”

            Ed Ewald, Celriver Legacy Project Chair and former plant manager of the Celanese Celriver Plant, announced that the project is now pursuing construction, which is scheduled to begin by the end of 2016 and to be completed by mid 2017.

This new public space will accommodate gatherings, events, concerts, visitors, and Riverwalk residents in a permanent environmental artwork memorial.  The Riverwalk Development is projected to house 4,000 to 5,000 residents when it is completed. The Celriver Legacy Plaza will contain benches, sculptures depicting former employees, other artwork, a poem about the Celriver plant, graphic interpretive kiosks, and memorial markers with over 200 names of contributors. 

The Celriver Legacy Project has also published a pictorial history book written by Michael Scoggins, historian for the York County Cultural and Heritage Museums, which is now on sale for $30.  In addition, the Project will establish endowed college scholarships (giving a preference to family members of former Celriver Employees) to continue the community support made possible by the workers at the Celriver Plant. 

            Additional donations are welcomed to complete the Legacy Plaza and fund the endowed scholarships; you may mail a contribution to the Celriver Legacy Project at P.O. Box 11134, Rock Hill,  SC 29731.  The project is a 501 (c )(3) charitable organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

            Officers and members of the Celriver Legacy Campaign Steering Committee were announced by Ed Ewald as follows: 

-       Ed Ewald, Chair                                                                         

-       Mack Bailey, former Celriver employee, Secretary

-       Jim Davis, former Celriver employee, Treasurer                                                     

-       Bernie Ackerman, BNA CPAs & Advisors

-       Bryant Barnes, Comporium

-       Ell Close, The Pump House Restaurant

-       Fred Faircloth, Rock Hill Coca Cola

-       Amy Faulkenberry, Piedmont Medical Center

-       Rondel Hartwell, Sharonview Federal Credit Union

-       Jim Heckle, York County Natural Gas Authority

-       Tim Lyda, Arrowpointe Federal Credit Union

-       Stephen Turner, Rock Hill Economic Development Corp.

-       David White, attorney at law

-       Norman Culbertson, former Celriver employee

-       Brad McKeown, former Celriver employee

-       Nelson Odom, former Celriver employee

-       Bill Turner, former Celriver employee

-       Karlene Haley, daughter of former Celriver employee

More information is available at the Project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CelriverLegacyProject/

and website: http://www.celriver.org/