FLORENCE, S.C. – The city of Florence has officially designated the Andrew H. Griffin Plaza.
The city council, upon the motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II and a second by Councilman Glynn Willis, unanimously approved a resolution naming the plaza containing an interactive water feature located next to Wholly Smokin’ on South Dargan Street after City Manager Drew Griffin.
The approval of the resolution formalizes action taken at the May council meeting when Brand made an informal motion to name the plaza after Griffin. That motion also was approved unanimously by the council.
The new plaza was designated the Cultural Gardens Plaza before the name change.
Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela read the resolution and then made a motion to amend it to add a quote from Dr. Seuss’s "The Lorax" : “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
There is a sculpture of the Lorax, the titular character of the book, in the plaza. It was one of three pieces of art recently installed in the city’s downtown area. The quote is beneath the sculpture.
“That’s the quote from Dr. Seuss from 'The Lorax' that’s inscribed there in Griffin Plaza,” Wukela said. “It couldn’t be more prudent. If someone like Drew didn’t care a whole awful lot, nothing would have gotten done. And he did. And we’re glad that he did.”
Griffin has been Florence’s city manager since 2011 and has overseen the redevelopment and growth of the city’s downtown area.
The city built the plaza 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 interactive water feature is designed for children 12 and under and will operate daily from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. It includes eight spray jets with one center column of water to cool off with this summer. A variety of features are included with various programmed spray effects, such as alternating heights of water, spray jets chasing each other, and LED lighting of the streams.