Workshop to Seek Feedback on Redesign Options for Colonial Lake, Moultrie Playground
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The public is invited to offer feedback on a possible redesign of Colonial Lake and Moultrie Playground at a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. June 29 at Mason Preparatory School, 56 Halsey Blvd. near the park property.
This event is a continuation of the redesign ideas the Charleston Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to further beautifying city parks and green spaces, presented to the public in October 2008. As more opportunities for the space become available, the Conservancy is asking for additional feedback. It will host a second workshop in August to incorporate public suggestions and gather more comments.
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.
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.
“We are very excited about the potential to redevelop this space into a world-class park, potentially realizing the dream of connecting it to the Ashley River,” says Jim Martin, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “Several opportunities for both public and private development have emerged at once and, with good urban planning in mind, it makes sense to explore all options. We are looking forward to seeing what the public thinks of our suggestions.”
Possibilities for the park may include:
• Slightly relocating the playground to a less secluded and safer area.
• Enlarging the playing field for multipurpose use.
• New tennis courts.
• Renovating the park building.
• Making the space more biker- and pedestrian-friendly.
Following the workshop, additional information will be posted on the Conservancy’s website at www.charlestonparksconservancy.org as well as The Beach Company’s website at www.thebeachcompany.com.
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.