May 2019 Park of the Month: Allan Park

Chances are if you’re driving up Ashley Avenue you might drive past Allan Park and not even notice. Though, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out this Hampton Park Terrace gem.

Allan Park has hosted a Perennial Picnic this past September and most recently the Conservancy’s Movie Night series in March. More events are in the works for Allan Park in 2019 and 2020. It’s truly a great space for bringing together families and neighbors.

Before the Conservancy, the City, and Allan Park neighbors began the revitalization of Allan Park, many described the space as, “A dirt lot.” Now Allan Park boasts lush flowers and plants, towering oak trees, grass for the perfect picnic, and its iconic fountain. Since its revitalization in 2012, Allan Park has become host to a bevy of events. After the park became a beautiful gathering space once again, neighbors were inspired to host events of their own including live music, food trucks, and fun for all ages. This time of year a number of breathtaking plants are still in bloom at Allan Park including:

– Ghost Fern
– Japanese Maple
– Holly Fern
– Fuji Waterfall Hydrangea

Allan Park is a shining example of what can happen when neighbors, the City, and the Conservancy work together to improve a public space. Neighbors feel ownership and pride in their park and a once-forgotten “dirt lot” can become a lively neighborhood treasure. Today Allan Park represents all of the best things a Charleston neighborhood park can offer.

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