Parks conservancy experts and horticulturists recently visited Charleston's parks, reporting that there was no major damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Most of the 25 city public parks were in good condition, while many had sticks, leaves and limbs scattered on the ground but no significant destruction. Volunteers removed litter and debris.
“This is all just a natural part of living in the Lowcountry,” Harry Lesesne, executive director of the conservancy, said. “Tropical storms, hurricanes, heat waves -- these all happen here in Charleston and impact our parks. We simply embrace it as a part of nature, and we know that our parks and our plants are resilient and will respond.”
One of the area’s most famous parks, Colonial Lake, flooded with seawater. Despite the flooding, there still was not as much damage as there could have been to the beautiful scene.
“We will monitor the plants and see what comes through,” Jim Martin, director of programs for the Charleston Parks Conservancy, said. “We are learning from Colonial Lake -- whether it’s from a hurricane or a three-month heat wave. In many ways, this is positive because we can learn about the plants and how they react, and then we can share that information with the public as part of our educational mission.”