Public Invited to Offer Second Round of Feedback on Redesign Options for Moultrie Playground
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Following an initial discussion of redesign possibilities for the Moultrie Playground in downtown Charleston, the public is invited to offer additional thoughts and comments during a second workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Mason Preparatory School, 56 Halsey Blvd. near the park property.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to further beautifying city parks and green spaces, first launched discussions on potential plans for the park area in October 2008. This summer’s workshops are one more phase in the process.
A representative from DesignWorks, which has been assisting the Conservancy on this project, will do a presentation at 6 p.m. and comments will be accepted until 7:30 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to discuss in greater detail and comment on the following aspects of the project: traffic, history, horticulture, recreational opportunities and development opportunities. A representative from the city of Charleston also will be at the workshop to answer questions.
Representatives from The Beach Company also will be on hand for the presentation and to gather to community input. The Sergeant Jasper Apartments on Broad Street are 60 years old, and company officials have acknowledged the need to eventually improve the site with more modern facilities. Long-term master planning for the Sergeant Jasper parcel could coincide with the park’s redevelopment and may allow for an improved configuration of Moultrie Playground.
The Beach Company will gather feedback from the community at a later date on commercial development opportunities in the Moultrie Playground area.
About 75 people attended a June workshop to hear about redesign options and offer feedback. Based on those comments, DesignWorks prepared an optional plan that includes eight tennis courts instead of six and reduces the size of the multi-purpose play area.
This project would likely be completed in phases with the Conservancy assisting the city’s Department of Parks in the maintenance of the space. A specific timeframe hasn’t been determined, but additional planning, including engineering and traffic studies, would need to be completed first.
Plan renderings are posted on the Conservancy’s website at www.charlestonparksconservancy.org along with a place to comment online.
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
Headed by prominent horticulturalist Jim Martin, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to further beautifying City of Charleston parks and green spaces. With the help of its Park Angels volunteer force, the Conservancy seeks to rally community support and pride behind the effort to create a lasting movement. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.