My backyard

This image of the Corrine Jones park is borrowed from the Charleston Parks Conservancy website

When my wife Amy and I moved to Charleston ten years ago we knew nothing about the city and its neighborhoods.  After living and renting in downtown Charleston for two years we decided we wanted to look to buy a house in the city.  We took many things into consideration when choosing where to look in Charleston to buy, but the biggest (limiting) factor in our search was price.  After many months of house hunting we finally found a bungalow in Wagener Terrace in need of a lot of TLC, but with great bones and most importantly just within our budget.  I’d like to say we chose Wagener Terrace to live in eight years ago, but we actually just got lucky and stumbled upon a great neighborhood.

Fast forward seven years later with a two year old child, and another one on the way… we decided to move again, this time to a home better suited for our growing family.  After looking in several areas around Charleston again, it turned out that nowhere felt like home like our Wagener Terrace neighborhood.  We did end out moving, two blocks away.  It’s where we call home.  It’s where our lives unfold day after day.

I have been working alongside several neighbors in the community to renovate our neighborhood’s playground.  It has been a long process, but one that would not have been possible without the help of Charleston’s Parks Conservancy.  The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a non-profit organization partnering with the City of Charleston to bring resources to Charleston communities to support work in their local parks and greenspaces.  Below is a video produced by the Parks Conservancy to aid in fund raising for the endeavor.

Having worked with the City of Charleston’s Department of Parks on previous Studio V projects, I felt that this would be a great opportunity to partner with them again on the renovation of the Corrine Jones Park.  I know that I can speak for the students when I say we are extremely excited for the opportunity to help this great neighborhood to have an equally great park.

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