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OUR 2012 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Darla D. Moore, Chairman Michael Brewer Sandra Deering Jim Fields Gregory Muth Scott Parker T.J. Parsell, Jr. Pam Pearce

FROM OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Despite being a young organization, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is making significant strides in its mission of beautifying Charleston’s parks and thereby better connecting people to their parks. 2012 was a year of steady progress. Our most significant project was the complete renovation of Allan Park. The Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood and dozens of Park Angel volunteers helped us totally transform the park. We also continued our wonderful work at Corrine Jones Playground, which has become an active community park filled with children and neighbors. Over the year, we hosted a concert with the band Color Me Badd, and the third annual Party for the Parks at Colonial Lake was a great success. In the community, we connected with new volunteers and supporters at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic and our Educate You programming encouraged adults and children to connect with nature and local parks. We certainly couldn’t do all this incredible work without our invaluable team of volunteers, supporters and donors. From the Board of Trustees and the Conservancy staff, we offer our sincere appreciation for your past and continued support in helping connect people to our parks.

Darla Moore, founder of the Conservancy and Harry Lesesne, who came on board as the new executive director in late 2012. Jim Martin who served as Executive Director beginning in 2007 transitioned to the role of programs director where he spends his time leading the effort to beautify our parks.

2012 ACTIVE PARK PROJECTS Allan Park Brittlebank Park Cannon Park Chapel Street Fountain Park Colonial Lake Corrine Jones Park East Bay and Calhoun Park Elliotborough Park and Community Garden Etiwan Park Gibbes Museum Courtyard Garden Hazel Parker Playground Logan Park Magnolia – Sycamore Greenspace Marion Square Maybank Tennis Center Riverland Terrace Greenspace Simonton Park Tiedemann Park and Nature Center Upper Meeting Street Greenspace West Ashley Greenway Windermere Boulevard Community Garden


A garden’s rebirth occurred in 2012 as the Charleston Parks Conservancy embarked on one of its largest park renovations to date.


Park Terrace. The neighborhood embraced the park’s history and joined with the Conservancy in raising $15,000 for the park renovation. Local businesses, such as Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, hosted fundraisers encouraging the local community to become involved in the park renovation.

Allan Park is a neighborhood greenspace surrounded by aged live oaks and nestled on all sides by residential homes. This Hampton Park Terrace Neighborhood landmark has throughout time, been an important gathering In May, bare ground surrounding a singular fountain place as it was this year with the neighborhood’s centen- was transformed through the help of Park Angels nial celebration. installing more than 1,000 plants. Ongoing care through the Conservancy’s Garden in the Parks Amey Allan donated the property to the city in 1920, maintenance program ensures an exceptional park designating it as a public park. Her late husband, James experience for all visiting this showplace garden year Allan, developed most of the eastern half of Hampton round.

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We hosted 9 different volunteer groups for work days in the park. 4 of those groups chose to volunteer a 2nd day in 2012.


ADDITIONAL PARKS MAYBANK TENNIS CENTER The Charleston Parks Conservancy with help from the City of Charleston Recreation Department and friends of the Maybank Tennis Center raised more than $16,000 for renovations to the tennis courts. The center reopened in the fall after six hard courts and three clay courts were rebuilt. The renovation also included additional parking, new lighting for all the hard courts, sidewalks, a drinking fountain and new landscaping. All the courts were elevated and two detention ponds were installed to reduce flooding and improve drainage in the facility. MAGNOLIA-SYCAMORE PARK The recent acquisition of 3.7 acres of prime greenspace in the heart of West Ashley marks a first for the Conservancy’s efforts in adding public park land. The vision of creating an urban horticultural center will begin with the development of a community vegetable garden. A kick-off celebration occurred in January as Park Angel volunteers and local residents gathered on the property to mark the beginning of this important long-term development for the community.


the Conservancy added another 500 flowers and shrubs to Corrine Jones Playground. In a significant partnership with the neighborhood and the City of Charleston, the Conservancy added new gardens and all new playground equipment in 2011. Work continued this year maintaining and adding to those gardens.




In 2012 we offered many education classes including kayaking, tightwad container gardening, crabbing, mysteries of the salt marsh, Gullah tour, an island bike tour, and a diorama class. We expanded to offer a number of children’s programs. Students at PorterGaud School learned garden skills while improving their math skills in the after-school offering “Learning in the Math Garden.” Ashley Hall Early Education Center enjoyed learning about earthworms and planted a vegetable garden at school. When harvest time came they had a farmers market and the Conservancy was the beneficiary. Our fairy boxes class was a huge hit with both children and parents.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS COMMUNITY EVENTS We promoted the conservancy at area events, including the College of Charleston Sustainability Expo, Medical University of South Carolina’s Earth Day Celebration, Charleston Concert Association, Blackbaud Community Fair, a Charleston Young Professionals meeting, Trick or Treat in the Park and a Charleston Waterkeeper event on Colonial Lake. SOCIALS As our Park Angel group grows we offer more social

opportunities for our Angels to get to know one another. In January we hosted a Park Angel Chili Cook-off at the newly acquired Magnolia Sycamore Park with more than 80 people attending. Volunteers enjoyed a social at Caroline’s Market after Garden in the Parks. Over the summer the Park Angels gathered at the RiverDogs game, and in December, we had a holiday drop-in.

VOLUNTEERS PARK WEEK 2012 During April we hosted a series of free events in celebration of Park Week. Children enjoyed getting up close to blue crabs and earthworms at our Park Pajama Party. Dog lovers and their fourlegged friends enjoyed an interactive walk through several downtown parks. Our most popular event was a bike tour to several of our park projects. TEDDY BEAR PICNIC Our 2012 Teddy

Bear Picnic at Hampton Park was a success, despite the downpour that hit about an hour into the event. At that point, close to 200 people had checked in many of whom took cover under the band shell and tents and danced until the parade concluded the event at 3:30. The event was planned by event co-chairs Margie Barham and Fran Hummel and steering committee members Anne Blessing, Jen Ross, Mary Rainey and 40 volunteers the day of the event.




Photo Credit: Reese Moore

WHOLE FOODS DAY We give a big

thanks to Whole Foods in Mount Pleasant for its generous support! We were the recipient of 5% Day in September. We received 5% of the day’s sales - a total of $4,265. The week following our in-store event, a group of Whole Foods employees volunteered at Elliotborough Community Garden. Pictured above are Pam Fischette, marketing team leader at Whole Foods, and Jim Martin of the Conservancy.

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Photo Credit: Reese Moore

COLOR ME BADD The Conservancy

annual Party for the Parks - Amusement on the Avenue was a blast! We raised $80,000 thanks to our event sponsors, supporters and more than 800 attendees. Thanks to our major sponsors: GDC home, The Speedwell Foundation, Hospitality Management Group and Icebox Innovative Beverage Service.

headed back to the 1990s and welcomed pop band Color Me Badd for a benefit concert on Feb. 29 at Memminger Auditorium.“One of my fondest memories from my childhood is playing in the park with my dad, and now I get to share those moments with my children,” band member Mark Calderon says. More than 200 people attended this event, raising $6661 for Charleston parks.




Parks watered by Aqua Angels.

Aqua Angel volunteers

Aqua Angel volunteer hours


Party for the Parks - Amusement on the Avenue was a blast! We raised $80,000 thanks to our event sponsors, supporters and sttendees.




$5,000 AND ABOVE ...............................

$500 - $999 ...............................

The Speedwell Foundation Ms. Darla Moore & Mr. Richard Rainwater Mr. Michael Meyer

Moe’s Crosstown Tavern Mr. and Mrs. Harry Drabkin Ms. Charlotte Beadleston Beers Mr. Pat Eudy Mr. Scott Parker Thomas Cooper and Company, Inc. Mr. Thomas E. Thornhill Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brewer National Christian Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey K. Richards Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Muth Mrs. Virginia Reves Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Dulaney College of Charleston Graduate Student Association Mr. Brady-Quirk Garvan Graywade, LLC Mrs. Margaret P. Hay Ms. Mia L. Maness Mazyck-Wraggborough Neighborhood Association Mr. Frank O. Meade Morris Square Townhomes Mr. Richard Pogue Ms. Priscilla Quirk-Garvan Ms. Leslie A. Turner

$2,000 - $4,999 ............................... Whole Foods Anonymous Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dougherty Mead Westvaco Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. John H. Childs

$1,000 - $1,999 ............................... Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dougherty Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina Bank of South Carolina Mr. James P. Fields, Jr. Mr. John M. Rivers, Jr. Mr. Gary White Mr. and Mrs. Richard Leadem Ceres Foundation, Inc. Dr. G. Thomas Finnegan South Windermere Associates The Sunshine Foundation

$100 - $499 ............................... Mr. Stephen J. Yetman Ms. Jana Eggers Ashley Hall Foundation Ms. Edwina P. Dechamplain Mr. Roy Dewberry Mrs. Jeanette Weiland Mr. and Mrs. Mikell Richards

John Coppedge Handsome Properties, Inc. Legare, Bailey and Hinske, LLC Manaker Cipolla and Associates, LLC Moss and Lewis CPA K & H Properties Ms. Tina Johnson Mr. Ed Loeber Vapor Apparel Dr. Raymond F. Anton Atlantic Shield Insurance Group, LLC Mr. John P. Barnwell Carpet Baggers Floor Covering Mr. Stephen Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Randall Phillips Mrs. Kimberly A. Ralph Mr. Jerry Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hostetter Mr. Marshall Walker Mr. Henry Donato, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Befumo Mrs. Julia Thompson Mr. Rod Connell Mrs. Suanne Echavarria Hillary R. Evans Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gregory Mr. John Hasouris Ms. Amy Lawrence Ms. Nancy Lucas Mr. John Payne Mr. Randall Thomas Mr. Christopher Hill Cartter Lupton Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Cain Ms. Misty Doonis Ms. Karen Forman Mr. and Mrs. Ken Seeger Mr. Angus Long Mr. David Clark

DONORS Mr. Jeff Gleim Mr. and Mrs. Larry Burtschy The Citadel Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Brian Eanes Ms. Hall Easton Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Hood Ms. and Mr. Susannah Hubbell Mr. Mark Lang Ms. Daisy Leath Ms. Lee Manigault Mr. Gary McLaurin Mr. Frederick W. McMahon Mr. G. Hamlin O’Kelley and Mrs. Mary P. O’Kelley Ms. Kim Quattlebaum Mr. Eugene C. Santos Mr. Hilton C. Smith, Jr. Mr. Lamar E. Watkins Mr. James E. Craigie Mr. Vicente Antonetti Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Jerue Mr. and Mrs. William A. Wise,III Ms. Karen Fowler Rent Charleston Marshall Walker Group Ms. Rita Donato Mr. E. Clark Morrison Kare Dolan Mr. James Flannery Ms. Laurel K. Greer Mr. Augusta Kuhn Mr. Kevin Lyden Mr. Richard Peck Mrs. Beth Wolf Mr. Terri Henning Mr. Bob Olson Mrs. Laurel Hays Ms. George Hill Mr. Terrance Brown Mr. David Haselden


Mr. John Girault Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. West Mr. Richard Molten Mr. and Mrs. Trenholm Walker Mrs. Correna Panagiotou Mr. and Mrs. Jim Abercrombie Mr. H. Lee Boatwright III Mr. Earl Brown Mr. Boyce Cox Mr. and Mrs. Clint Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gibadlo Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Gray Mrs. Mary Horlbeck Mrs. Mabel T. Huggins Julia Santen Gallery Mr. Frederick T. Kelsey Mr. Gerald F. McMahon Office of Jill E.M. Halevi Mr. Jon Piebenga Mr. William Poloski Mr. Hadassah Rothenberg Mr. M.F. Scrantom Mr. William E. Smith, Jr. Mrs. Anna P. Straight The Wilbur S. Smith and Sally J. Smith Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Wallace Mr. Bonum Wilson Wilson & Heyward LLC

$25 - $99 ............................... Mr. William T. Johnson Ms. Traci D. Davis and Ms. Cassandra D. Salgado Mr. John Tibbetts Mr. Henry Bouton Mr. David Knott Ms. Paige Osbon

Mr. Richard Wood Mr. and Mrs. Travers Auburn Mr. Rupert E. Drews Mr. Walter Duane Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hostutler Mrs. Caroline Kelm Mr. R J Malcolm, Jr. Mrs. Endia Plunkett Mrs. Louise R. Ravenel Mr. Mark H. Sloan Mr. Robert S. Want Mrs. Jeannette Wilson Ms. Deborah Wright Maybank Ms. Kelsie Page Mr. Eric Armstrong Mr. J. T. Tipton Mrs. Julie G. Hellman Mrs. Julie Dombrowski Mr. Jerry Ciota Mrs. Netie W. Bowens Mr. Mildred S. Brown Ms. Jill Conway Mr. and Mrs. Ozzy Horton Mr. Fredrick Kinard Mr. Uly Rhodes Ms. Claudette C. Smith


SUPPORTERS INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS The following volunteers logged more than 25 hours in 2012. Debbie Austin #506 Sandra Deering #43 Melissa Garvan #45 Jessica Gibadlo #195 Betsy Halstead #456 Pat Harpell #503 Eddie Hewitt #581 Fran Hummel #3 Katie Kerns #571 Michael Master #216 Sally Ann MacLaughlin-Oliver #714 Libby Metzler Pat Rone #35

AQUA ANGELS Our volunteer watering team, the Aqua Angels watered in eight Parks. Even with periods of heavy rain this summer, the Aqua Angels finished out the year strong, logging 526 hours from May through November – 44 volunteers - average of 11.5 hours. We hosted a kick-off luncheon for the group and an appreciation breakfast and garden tour.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS Volunteer groups had a big impact on the parks in 2012. We hosted nine groups, six of which returned to work a second day. These groups assisted with the winter pruning, planted 7,000 bulbs and installed a shade garden at Hazel Parker Playground. We had a three-day garden install at Allan Park that involved several groups as well as neighbors.

2012 VOLUNTEER GROUPS Bishop England Band of Buddies * Blackbaud * Coastal Christian Preparatory School Citadel * College of Charleston Graduate Student Association *+ College of Charleston Masters of Public Admistration * Whole Foods staff+ RiverDogs office staff+ Motley Rice Law Firm * *Indicates they volunteered two days +Indicates they donated




Revenue, gains and support - $679,921

Revenue - $246,624

Net assets released or reclassified*


Expenses - $798,735

Net Income – ($118,814)

Net assets at beginning of year - $659,415

Net assets at end of year - $540,601


REVENUE Contributions $36,987 In-kind contributions $72,028 Special Events $130,590 Programs $6,846 Other $ 173 EXPENSES Program $360,946 Management $170,510 Fundraising $267,279

* Earnings from endowment

Charleston Parks Conservancy | PO Box 21000 | Charleston | SC | 29413 | 843.724.5003 |

Charleston Parks Conservancy Annual Report 2012