Colonial Lake Park
Colonial Lake Park is a neighborhood park in the heart of peninsula Charleston. It is one of the most popular parks for afternoon strolls with the kids and dogs in tow. Bikers, joggers and walkers frequent the park at all times of the day. This park has a rich history, making it one of Charleston's most interesting storytelling parks. Its bare bones appearance has much support in the community for a major renovation. It is a favorite spot for wedding proposals and life-changing announcements. The holidays boast one of Charleston's most talked about Christmas trees lit up for all to see in the middle of the lake. The tidal lake changes with the daily tide changes. Park benches give a resting point for quiet conversations. This lower west side park is right across the street from Moultrie Playground, known for its tennis courts and access views to Lockwood Drive.
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- 150+ years
- April 1768: An act that cut the Broad Street canal and reserved the surrounding marsh land for the common use of Charleston
- 1870: Rutledge Street Pond is created
- 9.5 acres
- Intended to rival White Point Gardens
- 1881: Received the name Colonial Lake in honor of the Colonial Commons created in 1768
- 1880s: Construction on lake
- Oyster shell sidewalks and concrete retaining walls built
- Pond deepened, oak trees planted, benches installed
- 1900s: Lumber yards on the Ashley River
- 1930: Moultrie Playground built
- 1937: Tennis and skating courts built
- 1949: Land ceded for Sergeant Jasper House
About the Park Directory
Charleston Parks Conservancy has put together an online directory of all of our great Charleston Parks. You can browse parks, learn about their history, find out what amenities they offer and much more.
Some city parks are available for event permits. If you are interested in having an event or large gathering (wedding, festival, fundraiser, etc.) in a park, please contact the City of Charleston's permitting office to determine if the park is available for permitting and, if so, how to submit a permit. Call 843-724-7327.