Wragg Square Renovation -2024

Visit This Park: Wragg Square

Wragg Square is one of the most historic parks in the City of Charleston, dating back to the early 19th century. Located in the heart of downtown near the Charleston Visitor Center, the park is bounded by a historic brick wall and a finely crafted wrought-iron fence.

A beautiful work in progress, the Wragg Square renovation of 2024 will revitalize the park in front of Second Presbyterian Church in honor of Patti and Peter McGee. The project has been made possible by generous support from the McGee Family, the Colbert Family, the City of Charleston, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, and the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

Details for this 2024 project are ongoing. Key details include the following: 

  • Rehabilitate the allee of trees, including removal of sickened, non-live oaks in two phases. This allows room for the live oaks to grow to full maturity, with additional trees to be added as agreed upon. 
  • Providing welcoming, shaded spaces for relaxing, dog-walking, and occasional community gatherings. 
  • Highlight the beauty of the historic wrought-iron fence by keeping it free and clear of all shrubs and allowing passing pedestrians to see into the park.
  • Provide year-round horticultural interest that invites visitors into the park by renovating existing garden beds as low maintenance, perennial shade beds that showcase Patti’s favorite plants and creating new beds for pollinators, including the monarch butterfly she loved so much.
  • Recognize Patti and Peter McGee’s contributions by installing a plaque that conveys their love of our community.

Check back for more details and the completed project. The Conservancy will post updates on the progress of the renovation on this page.

Want to get involved and volunteer? Click here for our upcoming volunteer opportunities at Wragg Square.

Past Renovations of Wragg Square: 

In partnership with the City of Charleston and the Mazyck-Wraggborough Neighborhood Association, the Charleston Parks Conservancy lead an effort to revive and renovate Wragg Square. The first phase was completed by the city in early 2016 included refurbishing the steps leading up to the park and making it more accessible. The Conservancy has planned completed a second phase to include installing benches, gardens and a large Grecian urn for plantings.

The Dewberry Foundation, the State Ports Authority, Bennett Hospitality, and the Mazyck-Wraggborough Neighborhood collaborated to complete the project. Upon its completion, Wragg Square has been cared for by the Charleston Parks Conservancy and volunteers. through the Garden in the Parks program.

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