Picnic in the Parks coming to Hampton Park in May
By Holly Fisher / Images by Charleston Parks Conservancy
This festive birthday party is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive in downtown Charleston.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is celebrating 15 years of connecting people to their parks with Picnic in the Parks: A Birthday Celebration on Sunday, May 1. This festive birthday party is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive in downtown Charleston.
Parents can enjoy libations at theMaison Real Estatestation, live music fromGreen Levels,and the best brunch fare fromHarvest Catering.Kids will be endlessly entertained by theEudora Farms Petting Zoo,spider jump bungee trampolines, inspiring crafts, face painting, fun games, tasty treats, and more. All-inclusive tickets are $150 for adults and $50 for kids (ages 2 and under are free) and can be purchased atcharlestonparksconservancy.org.
Through public-private partnerships and the Park Angel volunteer program, the Conservancy has greatly impacted the public spaces throughout the city.
Since its founding in 2007, the Charleston Parks Conservancy has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston. Through public-private partnerships and the Park Angel volunteer program, the Conservancy has greatly impacted the public spaces throughout the city. The Conservancy’s largest project was the complete renovation of Colonial Lake in 2016. The organization also renovated the former concession stand at Hampton Park, turning it into a flowering event space called the Rose Pavilion.
Other projects included renovations at Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center & Park, Allan Park, Tiedemann Park, McMahon Playground at Hampton Park, Corrine Jones Park, Marion Square and more. The Conservancy also started three community gardens where people are learning how to grow their own vegetables, and volunteers are harvesting fresh produce for donation to local food pantries.
All-inclusive tickets are $150 for adults and $50 for kids (ages 2 and under are free) and can be purchased atcharlestonparksconservancy.org.
“What the Charleston Parks Conservancy has accomplished in the last 15 years is impressive,” said Tom McGuire, executive director of the Conservancy. “The community has truly embraced this organization and supported our initiatives to enhance green spaces all around the city. We are truly grateful and look forward to what the next 15 years have in store.”
In addition to park renovation and beautification projects, the Conservancy has organized a number of community events in the parks, including the popular Teddy Bear Picnic, Light the Lake in December, movie nights in the park, and its annual fundraiser, Party for the Parks. In the coming months, the Conservancy will be supporting diversity and inclusion in horticulture with training and workforce development with a new Horticulture Fellows program. There are additional plans for growing movement in the parks programming, curated art in the parks, music and theater in the parks, and educational programs focused on conservation and sustainability for children and adults. Learn more and find upcoming events and volunteer opportunities atcharlestonparksconservancy.org.
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For 15 years, through public-private partnership, the Conservancy has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston. Notable projects include renovations at Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center & Park, Colonial Lake and the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park as well as Magnolia Park and Community Garden and Medway Park and Community Garden. For more information, visitcharlestonparksconservancy.org.