Edward Gilbreth asked about plantings at the newly restored Colonial Lake in his March 31 column. The Colonial Lake restoration project is a partnership of the City of Charleston, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Historic Charleston Foundation and members of the community.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public spaces and a strong community.

In addition to a beautiful park renovation, one of the primary purposes of the project at Colonial Lake is to engage the public in creating an exquisite public space and helping us maintain it at a very high level over the long term. We strongly believe that engaged citizens are of vital importance to sustaining the stunning public realm our city deserves.

As The Post and Courier has reported, the Charleston Parks Conservancy will engage volunteers, our Park Angels, in completing the project when the construction contractor’s team has finished its work.

Beginning in mid-April and led by our talented team of horticulturalists, Park Angels will plant beautiful new gardens in the newly created spaces around the lake, transforming Colonial Lake into a public space unlike any other in our city. Park Angels will help us maintain the gardens into the future, ensuring that the park looks even better in two or 10 years than it does today.

We invite the Charleston community to join with us in putting the finishing touches on Colonial Lake. Please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org for information about how to be a Park Angel, help complete this remarkable restoration project, and maintain its beauty for many years to come.

Harry Lesesne

Executive Director

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Broad Street