Charleston County Parks are not restricted to downtown Charleston nor are they utilized only for the splashy festival events; rather they are spread throughout the county, across the islands and include diverse functions such as camping and cottages, a marina and boat landing, water parks, and feature activities like wall climbing, dog parks, museum quality nature and historical interpretive center, a team building challenge course, tennis courts, basketball courts and equestrian pursuits. Insuring that everyone in the Lowcountry area need only ask to locate a nearby park or program or both to enjoy the facilities or events. Mixers and music, fishing and swimming, canoes and kayaks, biking and running, crafts and games, African and Latin American events, summer night concerts with shag music, bluegrass and reggae, scouting and all kinds of community events are happening all around the area. Information on Charleston County Parks, programs, events, locations and many more offerings can be found by searching Charleston County Parks.
Each playground in Charleston is open to the public from approximately dawn until dusk but individual sites set their own hours according to staffing and programs. Some playgrounds are equipped with only outdoor facilities while other offer classes and indoor programs either on-site or in conjunction with schools, parks or athletic fields.
Programs offered by individual playgrounds vary in range from open recreation and standard daily arts and crafts, sports and games as well as homework help after school to age appropriate Karate classes from kids to adults and even senior activities including knitting, crocheting and sweet grass basket making.
Perhaps one of the most comprehensive Charleston playground offerings is the Hazel Parker Playground and Community Center on East Bay Street. The outside of this facility includes "a newly refurbished playground" with several play area, dog run, basketball court, tennis court, and lots of green space for children to run and play. Fee based programs for wee ones at the Hazel Parker include Smart Start Playtime and Tumbling. Other fee-based programs include ballet, music, painting, fishing, cooking, Spanish and more. Summer camps are also available at the Hazel Parker facilities as well as a selection of adult programs and classes for example, Pilates, or ballroom and swing dancing.
Other park networks such as St. Andrew's Playgrounds offers full scale sports and recreation programs, instructional camps in wide ranging areas of interests from character building and academics to career interests, as well as individual sports such as swimming and tennis and team sports such as softball, basketball and soccer. For more information of offerings by St. Andrew's Playgrounds .
Although the First Baptist Church operates Saint Andrew's Playgrounds, most of the playgrounds in Charleston are operated by the Recreation Department and information such as location by address and available programs can be found by contacting the individual playgrounds. Or for general playground information call Recreation Dept., 823 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Phone # (843) 724-7327 or go to the Charleston City website.
Corrine Jones Playground, 36 Marlow Drive Phone # (843) 724-7406
Deming Park Playground, 5th Ave. Maryville Phone # (843) 965-4183
Forest Park Playground, 780 West Oak Forest Phone # (843) 769-8259
Freddie Whaley Playground, 1810 Doscher Avenue Phone # (843) 744-1640
Harmon Park Playground, 201 President Street Phone # (843) 724-7399
Lenevar Playground, 205 Lenevar Drive Phone # (843) 556-7393
Mall Park Playground, 68 Columbus Street Phone # (843) 724-7408
Martin Park Playground, 155 Jackson Street Phone # (843) 973-7222
McMahon Park Playground, 55 Cleveland Street Phone # (843)724-7405
Moultrie Park Playground, 41 Ashley Avenue Phone # (843)724-7398
Hazel Parker Playground, 70 East Bay Street # (843) 958-6485
Orleans Woods Playground, Phone # (843) 720-3889
Saint Andrews Playgrounds, 1095 Playground Road, Charleston # (843) 763-4360
Westchester Playground, Secessionville Road Phone # (843) 762-2499
For additional information call Recreation Dept., 823 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Phone # (843) 724-7327