Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy features a variety of weekly as well as annual volunteer events. Provided/Leslie McKellar

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that connects avid horticulturists and green-thumbed gardeners to local parks in need of a little love and upkeep.

Now they are expanding their reach to also incorporate local art.

In the last fiscal-2017 round of National Endowment for the Arts funding, the Charleston Parks Conservancy received $50,000 for a project that would add public art to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. 

This project will be just one aspect of the new Art in the Park program still in the developing stages at the Conservancy.

It will include art installations, partnerships with local art organizations and art-related activities in the 25 city of Charleston parks the Conservancy manages.

Redux Contemporary Art Center and the Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs are already on board. Several other connections are in the works. 

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is also seeking volunteers to prepare many of the park gardens for future art installations. 

For those not afraid to get a little dirt on their garden gloves, there are multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the week. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays, there are Garden in the Park events where volunteers can work on horticulture lists at parks around the Lowcountry.

There is even a Weeding Wednesday initiative, along with yoga and reading events for those seeking other ways to get involved. 

"Everything we do is not just making parks beautiful but bringing people into those parks and involving them through volunteering and becoming a community gardener," Amy Carter, the conservancy's development director, said.

"Ever since our first project, we have been recruiting volunteers and growing. We're excited to see where it goes." 

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