This special “Walk in the Park” edition highlights one of the main reasons our family has enjoyed living on Daniel Island for the past 23 years – parks and open green spaces.
When we first moved to Codner’s Ferry Park neighborhood in the summer of 1997, the island had a very rural feel and we felt as if Bellinger Island and Scott Park Pool were our own private retreats. The kids and I would check the pool for snakes and alligators before taking the plunge, circling the pool and checking the filter buckets. Usually we just found frogs in the buckets but on several occasions we, and other early residents, found snakes and gators in the pool.
Jump forward 23 years and, thankfully, some things do stay the same. Although the island has developed well beyond the first two neighborhoods and the 35 or so homes that first greeted our family, parks remain a central theme throughout.
Elizabeth Bush’s centerfold article identified 50 different island parks – they range from large city-owned parks to neighborhood playgrounds, from waterfront parks to small green spaces. Not many communities are as fortunate as ours to have developed with such an extensive park system.
And, as this week’s alligator in Edgefield Park Pool demonstrates that island pools still attract alligators and snakes (see news brief on page 10).
The “Walk in the Park” feature is designed to be a pullout – you can remove the center four pages and post it to your refrigerator or keep it handy in a drawer or on a bulletin board in your home or office. We encourage you to explore the parks – perhaps visit one a week for the next year!
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Our downsized family now lives in the Pierce Park section of the island and my husband Tom and I (and our dog Iggy) regularly walk or run in Smythe and Waterfront parks. We’ve also ventured into some of the smaller parks and recently enjoyed a quiet evening
in the Farr Street Sitting Area, resting in the Adirondack chairs as a bale of turtles visited us at the pond’s edge.
These parks are true gems. They help us relax, provide outlets for fun activities, connect us with nature and neighbors, and oftentimes supply us with a jolt of nostalgia and even dreams of taking our (future) grandkids to the park.
We’d like to build on this week’s park feature. So, please send your photos and park adventures to email@example.com
as we’d like to include reader stories from time to time in the paper or on social media. With more than 50 parks on Daniel Island, there is so much you can explore. Enjoy.
In the meantime, we hope to see you in the park!