The city of Charleston is known for its beauty and charm; from the historic houses south of broad to the Palmetto trees lining King Street. Its splendor, however, does not only serve as a treat for the eyes, but also functions as a community builder. Think of The Battery and Waterfront Park. Whether it’s raining, dreary, hot, or sunny, there are always people enjoying the exquisiteness and appeal of this historic coastal city. Who doesn’t enjoy being in the presence of natural beauty?
The folks at Charleston Parks Conservancy had this in mind when they asked GSA to collaborate on a project at Cannon Park on Calhoun Street. The Graduate Student Association started their relationship with Charleston Parks Conservancy (CPC) in the Fall of 2010 when delegates of GSA voted for CPC as their philanthropy of choose for the 2010-2011 academic year. What an excellent decision it was! CPC opened its arms to GSA and was ecstatic at the opportunity to forge new relationships with part of the College of Charleston academic community. In early January, 2011 we were given our assignment: rebuild a flower bed in Cannon Park. Our mission had begun!
So, where is Cannon Park? Head southbound on Calhoun Street and you won’t miss it. Before you get to MUSC, you’ll notice to your left a set of prominent columns and stairs standing alone, almost serving as an entrance to the park. Behind the columns rests a large, green open space where dogs can roam, visitors can rest, and all can enjoy the ambiance Charleston has to offer. Sandwiched between the columns and grassy lawn sits an empty flower bed; which will serve as our workplace, and what I like to call, our “baby.”
Through February, March, April and May we will be working to establish relationships within the community, raise funds for CPC, amend soil, install and mulch the garden and finally celebrate our hard work and the mark we left on this beautiful coastal city.
So come on out, get your hands a little dirty, and I promise you’ll have a good time!
To learn more about Charleston Parks Conservancy and becoming a Park Angel visit: http://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org
You can also friend CPC on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and check into their parks with Foursquare.
Please contact me for upcoming CPC dates and other ways you can get involved.
GSA Community Outreach Chair