Aqua Angels Ready to Earn Water Wings

Over the last five years, the Charleston Parks Conservancy has planted thousands of flowers, shrubs and bulbs in more than a dozen Charleston city parks. Those plants require regular care and maintenance, including a big drink of water during the warm months of summer and early fall.

For the third year, the Conservancy is launching its Aqua Angels program in which volunteers donate at least five hours of time from May to September watering parks in downtown Charleston, one on Daniel Island and one on James Island.

Last year Aqua Angels spent about 400 hours watering in the parks. Even though the Conservancy carefully selects native and drought-tolerant plants for the parks, they still need a drink, especially in parks with new plantings that have less established root systems.

A dozen parks need watered this summer: Allan, Brittlebank, Cannon, Chapel Street Fountain, Corrine Jones, Elliotborough Community Garden, Etiwan (Daniel Island), Courtyard Garden at the Gibbes Museum, Hazel Parker Playground, Logan Street Triangle, Marion Square, Simonton, Windermere Boulevard Community Garden on James Island.

On May 1, Aqua Angels gathered for a picnic lunch in Allan Park to learn more about the program and determine which park locations worked for their schedules. We still need volunteers, so head over to Volunteer Spot to sign up for a shift and get instructions on a watering orientation.

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