Brittlebank Park is a ten-acre park located between Lockwood Boulevard (to the east) and the Ashley River (to the west) in Charleston, South Carolina. To the south is a condominium project and to the north is the minor league baseball stadium, the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. The land upon which Brittlebank Park is built was used as a landfill and garbage dump, opened in 1954 and closed in 1970 when the United States Corps of Engineers charged that it was polluting the Ashley River.
Brittlebank Park is a largely passive park along the waterfront. The Charleston Department of Leisure Services sought permission build a boardwalk and dock at the park in December 1977 at the northern end, but the pier was not completed until 1992. The park includes a playground which was specifically crafted to accommodate handicapped children.
Use as a Special Event Venue:
Because of its largely open design, Brittlebank Park has been a popular location for special events such as musical events, sporting tournaments, and political protests. In 1987, residents gathered at Brittlebank Park to mark Harmonic Convergence Day.
Starting in 1989, a local radio station hosted a large series of concerts at Brittlebank Park known as "WaveFest" (in honor of the 96 Wave station). The event quickly grew too large for the venue with as many as 75,000 people attending in 1995. City Council adopted a limit on the size of such events at Brittlebank Park, and the 1996 edition was moved to another site in Charleston. In 1999, the park was the location for another musical event hosted by a radio station, the Z-93 Budweiser Reggae Festival. In 2011, Brittlebank Park was the center for the Occupy movement's Charleston efforts.