About 100 neighbors and supporters gathered recently in Allan Park to celebrate a neighborhood’s storied history and to usher in a transformation in the park.
Not much more than patches of dirt, a fountain and a few benches, Allan Park is about to get a major facelift. The Conservancy has been working closely with the Hampton Park Terrace Neighborhood Association to raise money for the first phase of the renovations. So far, more than $10,000 has been raised toward the $15,000 goal.
The Conservancy will begin installing new plants in April and will continue working with the City of Charleston to maintain the new garden through efforts of the Conservancy’s Park Angel volunteer program. (Learn more about how to become a Park Angel.)
The park renovation coincides with the neighborhood’s centennial celebration, which kicked off March 11 with the sign dedication. Hampton Park Terrace President Jeff Gleim and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley unveiled a sign detailing the history of the neighborhood. It will be located on the corner of Rutledge Avenue and Huger Street on the grounds of the Coastal Community Foundation.
Check out this article in The Post and Courier about the ceremony and renovation project.
Upcoming centennial events include a Hampton Park Terrace House Tour on May 6 and a Piccolo Spoleto Picnic Concert on June 1.
Allan Park has been part of the fabric of Hampton Park Terrace. Located at 365 Ashley Ave., it’s not far from Hampton Park but is a much smaller neighborhood park. Amey Allan donated the property to the city in 1920 for a public park. Her late husband, James Allan, developed most of the eastern half of Hampton Park Terrace.
Hampton Park Terrace President Jeff Gleim (left) and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley unveil the new sign.