This wonderful park is a hidden gem in downtown Charleston, SC. It was named after Hazel V. Parker, the recreation supervisor of the playground in 1942. The park was constructed in 1933 by unemployed workers through a federal relief program. During World War II, the U.S. Navy was given access to the property on the condition that the Navy improve the property and make it suitable as a playground.
Hazel Parker Playground is a neighborhood favorite and one of Charleston's most recently renovated parks. The City's Education Center on East Bay Street sits in front of the park and offers programming year round to students of all ages. The Conservancy’s renovation to the park gardens began in April 2010. Plantings along the tennis courts and playground were updated with more than 20 different varieties of flowers and shrubberies. In 2014, a neighborhood group of dedicated community members successfully raised funds for the installation of a brand new shaded swing set structure on the playground property. Through a great partnership with the Education Center, the Conservancy continues to care for and maintain this park with new plantings, trimming, and watering throughout the year with the help of our amazing Park Angels. The indoor recreational building was renovated in late 2008 and includes several multipurpose rooms with programing held year round throught the Charleston City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The recreational building is staffed during certain hours. For more information about programs (language classes, summer camps and fitness classes), call 843-958-6485 or the general recreation line at 843-724-7327. Restroom are usually available during staffed hours. For a list of plants growing in this space, visit Hazel Parker Playground Plant List