Corrine Jones Community Garden Installation Moves Forward

Construction of a new community garden pavilion is set to take place this month at Corrine Jones Park. Students from the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston’s design-build studio class see the project through from initial concept to final build. The first phase of construction this week includes digging out the foundation and beginning a concrete slab pour.

The collaboration between the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston and the Conservancy marks the fifth park project and the third class that will complete design and construction of a garden pavilion, with the first at Magnolia Park and Community Garden in 2013. The students at the architecture center worked first individually and then in teams to create several design alternatives for the pavilion. All of the proposed designs created shaded community gathering spaces and areas for storing garden tools and harvesting crops and a rainwater collection system. The entire class collaborated on a final design for construction.

The student team’s goal, “Is to provide not only a community garden [pavilion] but a functional shelter that seamlessly integrates into and services an established neighborhood.”

On Saturday, February 23rd the Conservancy hosted a Corrine Jones Park Community Garden Drop-In for community members to learn more about the garden and pavilion installation. Wagener Terrace residents enjoyed snacks grown from our community gardens and asked questions of Conservancy staff. Students from the Clemson Architecture Center also shared models of several pavilion designs and answered questions from neighbors interested in the new structure.

In late February, the students presented the final collaborative design of the Corrine Jones Park & Community Garden pavilion at the Clemson Design Center in downtown Charleston. The event was open to the public and included neighbors, community leaders, and Conservancy staff and volunteers. At the presentation, community members were able to share their final feedback on the pavilion before the architecture team moved forward with assembling the construction documents.

To complete the entire garden design, including leased beds and community beds, a rainwater collection system, and composting area, the Conservancy’s goal is to raise an additional $50,000 in private funds. If you are interested in making the Corrine Jones Community Garden a reality, please donate __[here](https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/donate)__.

To sign up to be notified when community garden beds will be available at Corrine Jones Community Garden click __[here](https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/programs-detail/community-gardening-program)__.

To read more from the Clemson Architecture Community Build click __[here](https://caccstudiov.com/)__.

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