Charleston Parks Conservancy – What, Why and How to Get Involved

While the Charleston Parks Conservancy is only about four years old, their impact in Charleston has already been tremendous.  They make the green spaces we enjoy, that are the fabric of our neighborhoods, beautiful.  In collaborating with the City, the Park Angel volunteers, and other community organizations, the CPC’s affect is broad and deep, covering not only the Charleston Peninsula, but also Daniel Island, West Ashley, James Island and Johns Island.

In short – I love them.

So here are a few reasons to get involved, volunteer or donate to the cause, or just attend one of their fabulous fundraisers.  Those gorgeous flowers don’t get planted by themselves do they? 😉

Keep in mind this is just a short list of the most recent activities – for more on their parks and events, go to the Charleston Parks Conservancy events page.  A neat feature they have is Find-A-Park.  I’ve actually discovered parks Downtown I never even knew of.

Harleston Village

  • Cannon Park – This park is located between Rutledge and Ashley Avenues just below Calhoun St.  As the site of the former Charleston Museum, you’ll find spectacular ruins of greek-influenced columns surrounded by green space, majestic oaks and dog-friendly play space.  Having recently added new signage, they are now working on creating an “Old Museum Garden” with the help of College of Charleston graduate students.  To learn more about the project help them raise the $5000 needed, go to Cannon Park on March 13th at 3:30PM.


Wagener Terrace

  • Corrine Jones Playground – This park is part of central Wagener Terrace and is one reason families choose to live nearby as they can enjoy a playground, tennis courts and basketball court.  The CPC is currently raising funds from locals to fill out the remaining $20,000 of a $95,000 renovation cost so if you live in Wagener Terrace or just want to contribute – you can help them here. This $95,000 will add updated playground equipment, a cycle track/walking trail for children and more.  Exciting!

Party

If partying is your preference in fundraising, the CPC started Party for the Parks: Amusement on the Avenue.   An entire block of Ashley Avenue is shut down overlooking Colonial Lake with music, street performers, adult beverages and food galore – all provided by local businesses.  Last year it was a class act and a great way to catch up with everyone in town in a beautiful setting.   This year, the festivities will be held on April 16.  If you want to buy a ticket, contact me (I am a host!) or visit the Party for the Parks website.  See you there!


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