Public Invited to Share Ideas for the Future of West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway

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Community Design Workshop, Public Forums Set for June 4-7 in West Ashley?
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston are inviting the public to voice their opinions and ideas for forthcoming improvements to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway at a series of interactive design workshops from June 4 to June 7 in West Ashley.?
The Conservancy and the city are creating a detailed master plan and design for a combined 10.5-mile stretch of the Greenway and Bikeway. This West Ashley Greenway & Bikeway Community Design Workshop is a chance for area residents to share their suggestions and have a say in shaping the future of these public spaces.?
“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming a significant public space that connects so many neighborhoods in the City of Charleston,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “We’re looking forward to working with the public on ideas and inspiration as to how we can make the West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway even more inviting.”
West Ashley Greenway & Bikeway Community Design Workshop Schedule?
Kickoff & Community Design Forum
June 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.??
The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley?
Open Studio
June 5 and June 6 – 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (drop in anytime)
Charleston Parks Conservancy, Studio Space at 720 Magnolia Road, Suite 25, in West Ashley?
Work-in-Progress Presentation and Feedback Forum
June 7 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.?
The Schoolhouse, Large Community Auditorium at 720 Magnolia Road in West Ashley?
The design process also includes a public art program. Last year, the Charleston Parks Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project that would add public art activities along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. Temporary public art and arts programming will be incorporated into the master plan.??
The master plan should be completed by late summer or early fall. In partnership with the City of Charleston, the Conservancy will immediately begin seeking public and private funds to complete a prioritized list of improvements.
For questions about the upcoming Community Input Workshop, call 843-724-5003 or email
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit
Charleston Parks Conservancy on social media:
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Charleston County Parks’ SK8 Charleston skate park to open March 4

Charleston County Parks’ SK8 Charleston skate park to open March 4

Grand Opening Celebrations over two weekends with live music, contests, demos

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is set to open a premier concrete skate park, known as SK8 Charleston, with grand opening events on Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11

Located at 1549 Oceanic Street on the Charleston peninsula, this site overlooking the Ashley River features over 32,500 square feet of skate able terrain designed and built by Team Pain

Skate Parks. The park grand opening events on March 4 and 11 are open to the public and

will feature live music, giveaways, best trick contests and skateboarding demos

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has always looked to provide world class facilities for the public we serve,” said CCPRC Executive Director Tom O’Rourke.

SK8 Charleston is the next in a long line of great facilities.”

“The Charleston County area has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to enjoy a facility

like this. We are all as excited about the opening of this park as any facility we have opened.”

SK8 Charleston will feature a 200 foot long snake run, an 11.5 foot deep pro bowl, a seven foot

deep intermediate bowl, and a 315 foot long street course. The facility features a building

with a large viewing deck, a small skate shop, restrooms, seating, and food and drink concessions. The grand opening events will feature live music from local and regional punk, ska and indie rock bands performing beginning at 1 p.m

Bands include

Dragged Under, Colorworld, Black Power Mixtape, Another Man’s Trash, Sex Wax, Voorhees,

Dumb Doctors, McRad on ?March 4, and Anergy, Glass Lashes, The Prevalent, The Lungs, Hale Bopp Astronauts, Hearts on Fire and Lewis Turn Out on March 11.

An admission fee will be charged for spectators and participants

General admission to the skate park will be $3 for participants, and $1 for spectators. Gold Pass holders and kids 2 and under may spectate free of charge.

An annual skate park pass can be purchased for $40.

SK8 Charleston’s hours of operation will be 2 – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Skateboarding and inline skating will be the only activities allowed every Wednesday through Monday, with each Tuesday designated as a BMX biking only day.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

Helmets will be required for all who are skating or biking. Pads are recommended, but not required.

Children 12 and under must be under the supervision of an adult at all times, and all visitors must complete a Hold Harmless form (signed by a parent or legal guardian for those 18 or under).

In addition to being open for daily use, CCPRC’s future plans for SK8 Charleston include special events, competitions, camps, skating lessons and more. The SK8 Charleston grand opening events are made possible through the support of Parrot Surf Shop, Continuum Skateshop, Ocean Surf Shop and Charleston County Parks

SK8 Charleston is considered a construction site and is currently not open to the public. For more information on SK8 Charleston, visit

The future SK8 Charleston is located on the Charleston peninsula at 1549 Oceanic Street and is owned by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC).? The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes four land parks, three beach parks, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, a historic plantation site, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities.? CCPRC also offers a wide variety of recreational services festivals, camps, classes, programs, and much more. For more information, call 843-795-4386

Visit:?, or download the Charleston County Parks mobile app.

?Photo Credits to Steve Aycock

Is James Island Becoming the New West Ashley?

By Mark A. Leon

It is often said that a dog owner over time begins to take on the attributes and look of its furry companion.? This analogy may hold true for James Island, SC.? Once the gateway to the natural wonders of Johns Island and Folly Beach, is now taking on a facelift right before our eyes.

Just a bridge away from downtown Charleston, beautiful Windermere area of West Ashley and Johns Island, James Island is a hub for the beauty of the coast.? While it has struggled to find its own identity, James Island is still a resourceful community based town that took pride in family and local commerce, tradition, sports and education.

Like most of Charleston county, times are evolving and changes are happening that some see as progress while others see as a loss of identity.

One very distinct commonality between West Ashley and James Island remains:? Struggle to differentiate from Charleston and find its own sense of identity.

Black Diamond Group Development of new structure for Walgreens relocation
Black Diamond Group Development of new structure for Walgreens relocation

Signs of the changing landscape of James Island:

  • O2 Fitness will be joining the Folly Road retail strip along with Gold’s Gym – Two known chain fitness corporations.
  • PetSmart will be opening in the BiLo plaza in 2017.
  • There are now 3 Harris Teeters within seven miles on the same road.
  • Camp and Folly Road Improvement Project
  • Rite-Aid, CVS and Walgreens are within 3 miles of each other
  • Folly Road offers a bike lane, but it is still in a high risk, high traffic area
  • Traffic issues on Folly Road have gotten worse pouring overflow into HarborView, Riverland and Maybank
  • Within 3 miles are three fast food chain pizza companies:? Marcos, Dominos and Little Caesar’s
  • The Roller Risk on Folly Road that created so many childhood memories is now gone.
  • There are 7 automotive parts and/or repair shops with a 4-mile radius.
  • Chik-fil-a, Publix, Sonic, Huddle House, IHOP, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Arby’s, TCBY, Dollar Tree, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Tuesday Morning contribute to the corporate logos high above the roadways.
  • Badd Kitty was welcomed in 2016 to James Island
  • New housing developments in the works or completed on Fort Johnson, Folly Road and Maybank Highway.
  • Farmer’s Market moved from a neighborhood park to the back lot of The Pour House

These are a few of the changes happening on James Island right before our eyes.? Soon, this small town, with its own unique identity only a stone throw away from Charleston, Folly and Johns Island, will become a corporate suburb.

Do not be surprised if the rise of hotels soon becomes the new skyline of James Island and tourists adopt this area as their vacation starting point.

Media Release: West Ashley Farmers Market Opens Wednesday, September 14

Media Release:? West Ashley Farmers Market Opens Wednesday

Opening day of the new West Ashley Farmers Market is Wednesday, September 14 from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Park at 55 Sycamore Avenue. Mayor John Tecklenburg will speak at 6 p.m. to welcome all in attendance and kick off the new farmers market. Entertainment will be provided by a local band, The Lowhills.
The farmers market will recur each Wednesday at Ackerman Park from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. through October 26. The evening market will offer residents the opportunity to stop on their way home to buy groceries, enjoy entertainment and connect with friends, family and neighbors.
―I am looking forward to celebrating the opening of the West Ashley Farmers Market. Citizens can come out, support local farmers, buy their fruits and vegetables and have fun! It is going to be a great community asset in West Ashley,‖ Mayor Tecklenburg said. ―We have been working hard to put together a farmers market that will reflect and enhance the West Ashley community. It is our hope that the farmers market will help enliven the surrounding area—much like the downtown farmers market helped with the revitalization of the area around Marion square.
The West Ashley Farmers Market—produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department—is dedicated to the support and advocacy of local farmers and growers. The market features fresh seasonal produce and prepared foods from area vendors who source ingredients from nearby farms. A full list of vendors is attached.
For more information, contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305 or visit


West Ashley Farmers Market 2016 Vendors
Farmers & Growers
1. Blue Pearl Farms
2. Botany Bay Sea Salt
3. Gruber Farms
4. Lowland Farms
5. Oliver & Sandra Freeman Farm
6. Rita’s Roots Backyard Harvest
7. Rooting Down Farms
8. Spade & Clover Gardens
9. Wishbone Heritage Farms
Food Concessionaires
1. Butcher & Bee
2. Camino Coffee Roasters
3. Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse
4. Charleston Crepe Company
5. Charleston Spice Company
6. Fresh Pickles – Fresh Produce
7. Gelati Moto, LLC
8. Gourmet Bay To Go
9. King of Pops
10. Lowcountry Lemonade
11. Mitla Tortilleria
12. Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery
13. Olinda Olives & Olive Oil
14. Porch Rockin’
15. Porzio’s, LLC
16. Pure Fluff Company
17. Right on Que
18. Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Company
19. Root Baking Company
20. Roti Rolls
21. Sea Island Savory Pies
22. The Juice Joint
23. Vegetable Kingdom
24. Wich Cream
Community Groups & others:
1. Fields-to-Families – Collecting donated food at the end of the market to be distributed to the hungry and needy
2. Artisan & Craftsman – Providing craft corner


Cameron P. Wolfsen, Communications Coordinator
Media Relations/Public Information
Phone: (843) 724-3746 Fax: (843) 724-3734
50 BROAD STREET ? CHARLESTON, S.C. 29401 ? TELEPHONE (843) 724-3746? FAX (843) 724-3734

Lift your Brush and Glass – Time for Wine and Art in Charleston

How often are you sitting with your best friends, that special someone, or your most awesome family over a bottle of wine thinking “Hey, we should paint something”.? I mean Charleston one of the most scenic subjects in all the land.? Its majestic sunsets, historic architecture, beautiful colors and unique Southern appeal make it the perfect subject to transfer to canvas.

You are in luck.? There are a number of creative businesses that marry the idea of wine and art into a memorable night where you walk away with the prize; your own personal creation.

Here are a few options to tame your creative side and your palate:

Wine and Design – 1331 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, SC

Wine and Canvas Charleston – Traveling Art and Wine

Back Porch Art – Charleston, SC

For the Love of Art – 2713 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, SC –

Wednesday-Thursday 2 pm-9 pm
Friday? 2 pm-10pm
Saturday 2 pm-10 pm
Sunday -By Appointment Only?

Fear No Easel – 1960 Riviera Drive, Suite E, Mount Pleasant, SC

Bottles and Brushes – 120 North Main Street, Summerville, SC

Child Friendly Choice:

KidSpaces Interactive Art – 1319 East Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC

Ms. Rose’s – Homestyle family culture with a fine dining appetite to please

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Sometimes you need that feel at home, shake the hand of your bartender, share a story and relax kind of bar and grill experience and other times you want an excellent customer service and fine cooked meal dining excursion.? What if you could have both?

The Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails offers the marriage of two.? If you ask the locals, its just good old-fashioned Ms. Roses.? From a 60 inch TV to one of the finest fried chicken, smoked meatloaf meals with horseradish slaw or grilled corn on the cob you will find in the neighborhood, Ms. Rose’s has created the culture of the 50’s family diner on the outside to a truly fine dining experience without the cost on the inside.

If you enter with an appetite, you must start with the honey soy whole wings and homemade biscuit.? The wings are not your playground reject wings, but rich thick meaty wings with a perfect blend of marinade and the honey soy is truly a sweet and savory coating.? The homemade biscuit will melt as it slides down your throat in a roller coaster ride of carb delight.

You are hard pressed to make a poor selection with your choice of entrees, but we would like to make a few personal recommendations to help aid in your decision.

  • The smoked meatloaf is a thick homemade slice of meatloaf oozing in smoky meaty tenderness, topped with horseradish slaw and BBQ sauce and complimented with a nice side.? We recommend the street vendor corn or the seasoned fries with a side of avocado sauce.? In fact, you should get a side of the avocado sauce no matter what you get.? It goes with everything.
  • The Rose’s Fried Chicken for most is two meals.? Be careful as you will need some assistance getting up because you may be very full, but satisfied.? The chicken is buttermilk marinated and complimented with a side of Tabasco honey sauce and mac and cheese.
  • The Grilled Hanger Steak is grilled to perfection with garlic fondue, broccoli rabe, roasted new potatoes and blackberry jus.
  • We must give a warm complimentary thumbs up to their fish and chips.? They even give the true Irish cook a run for their money.

ms1Ms. Rose’s staff will make you a mean burger with options including bleu cheese, pimento cheese, fried egg and caramelized onions.? On Monday, their specialty burgers are half price for dinner.

The staff from host to server is incredibly gracious putting customer service first and always meeting all your needs with a smile.

Go for the unique diner ambiance, stay for the incredible food, warm staff and friendly community feel.

Either way, go spend some time at Ms. Roses.