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The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission will improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs, and services.

History
The Charleston County Park, Recreation and Tourist Commission was created in 1968 as a county special purpose district by an act of the South Carolina legislature. The original act was amended in 1972, authorizing the Commission to promote Charleston’s historical and tourist attractions, to create and operate countywide parks and recreation facilities, and to provide technical assistance to existing park and recreation agencies and community groups.

In July 1985, the Commission’s tourism function was transferred to the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce and the commission was renamed Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. CCPRC represents one of the most unique park and recreation agencies in the State of South Carolina.

As a special purpose district, CCPRC is a separate governmental entity and is not a department or division of Charleston County Government, nor the State of South Carolina. As a special purpose district, Charleston County Government is not involved in the overall direction or management of CCPRC; however, Charleston County Council does have budgetary oversight of CCPRC’s tax related budget.

The agency has specific areas of responsibility that are defined through our legislative act. The Commission is charged with the responsibility to provide park and recreation services, but not to duplicate services provided by the other municipalities and special recreation districts existing in the area.

One of the prime responsibilities of the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission is the development of a countywide park system. These parks are generally of a size and scope that would not be developed by other municipalities and public service districts. The park system emphasizes passive activities, outdoor recreation, environmental education, and public beach access. Each park facility offers a variety of programming generally directed toward the natural features and characteristics of the site. The staff and commission of the Charleston County Park and Recreation are committed to maintaining high standards in the delivery of leisure services and facilities to the citizens of Charleston County.

Awards
  • 1978
    • Governor's Conference on Travel Most Outstanding Community Sponsored Event of 1977 for Miss USA pageant 
  • 1979
    • Charleston Pride special award for the care taken in preserving the natural environment during the development of Palmetto Islands County Park
    • South Carolina Overall Recreation Plan (SCORP) Exchange Council Award for the development of Palmetto Islands County Park
  • 1980
    • South Carolina Association of Community Education Allied Organization Award for the cooperative efforts between the Charleston County School Board and County PRT towards the Community Education/Recreation Program in Charleston County.
    • 35th Annual South Carolina Recreation and Park Society Special Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to leisure services in South Carolina
  • 1984
    • Several ADDY Awards
  • 1989
    • National Community Education Association Outstanding Community Organization Award
  • 1993
    • ADDY award for full-page, four color ad in the Post and Courier
  • 1994
    • Southeastern Tourism Society Award for the Holiday Festival of Lights
    • South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association Award for the Cajun Festival
    • Recognition of James Island County Park by MUSC for Rehabilitation Week and by the City of Charleston for handicapped accessibility
  • 1994
    • Southeastern Tourism Society Award for the Holiday Festival of Lights
  • 1995
    • South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association Art and Humanities Award for Festival Hispano
  • 1996
    • World Waterpark Association Commitment to Excellence Award
    • South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects award for the design of the Caw Caw Interpretive Center
    • Merit Award from South Carolina Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects for Caw Caw Interpretive Center (unbuilt category)
  • 1997
    • Merit Award from American Society of Landscape Architects for North Charleston Wannamaker County Park master plan
  • 2000
    • Historic Preservation Award Presented by Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, SC Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor
    • Folly Beach Fishing Pier - Best Fishing Spot by Charleston City Paper
  • 2001
    • James Island County Park - Best Place for Family Fun by Charleston City Paper
    • Folly Beach Fishing Pier - Best Fishing Spot by Charleston City Paper
  • 2003
    • Charleston Soil and Water Conservation District Conservationist of the Year - Caw Caw Interpretive Center
    • Folly Beach Fishing Pier - Best Fishing Spot by Charleston City Paper
  • 2004
    • Platinum 2003 Award from Ellis & Associates for safety
    • National Afterschool Award for Community Education Program
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • James Island County Park - Best Place to Walk Your Dog by Charleston City Paper
    • National Recreation & Park Association National Aquatic Branch "Excellence in Aquatics Class II" Award
    • Folly Beach Fishing Pier - Best Fishing Spot by Charleston City Paper
  • 2005
    • Federal Secretary of the Interior National Trails Designation awarded to Mullet Hall
    • James Island County Park - Best Place to Walk Your Dog by Charleston City Paper
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • U.S. Department of the Interior and National Parks Service National Trail Designation at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center
  • 2006
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • James Island County Park - Best Place for Family Fun by Charleston City Paper
  • 2008
    • ADDY Award for "Let Yourself Go" campaign
    • Association for Outdoor Recreation Education David J. Webb Award for our Outdoor Recreation Program
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
  • 2009
    • Community Pride, Inc. of Charleston County Captain's Pride Award for Sound Environmental Stewardship Efforts and New Initiatives
    • United States Lifesaving Association National Award for beach safety awareness
    • Wannamaker County Park  - Best of Berkeley County Award by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    • United States Lifesaving Association Beach Safety Challenge award
    • Merit Award from American Society of Landscape Architects for Historic Battlefield Parks Master Plan
  • 2010
    • Wannamaker County Park - Best of Berkeley County Award by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark - Top 5 Best Public Waterparks by Waterparks & Resorts Today/Aquatics International
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • Outstanding Leadership Environmental Education Award for the Master Naturalist Program
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    • United States Lifesaving Association Beach Safety Challenge award
  • 2011
    • Wannamaker County Park - Best of Berkeley County Parks Runner-up by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • Lowcountry Leaders in Event Recycling Award for Lowcountry Cajun Festival  Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark
    • Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark - Top 5 Best Public Waterparks by Waterparks & Resorts Today/Aquatics International
    • Isle of Palms County Park - Best of Berkeley County Award for Best Lowcountry Beach by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • Top 10 Light Show – Holiday Festival of Lights
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    • Campground at James Island County Park - Woodalls 4 Diamond Rating
    • Campground at James Island County Park - Good Sams Club Top 100 Park
    • United States Lifesaving Association Beach Safety Challenge award
  • 2012 
    • Community Pride of Charleston County Pride Award for Lowcountry Cajun Festival
    • Wannamaker County Park - Best of Berkeley County Parks Runner-up by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • Wannamaker County Park - Best of Berkeley County Dog Park Runner-up by the Berkeley County Gazette and The Berkeley Independent
    • Holiday Festival of Lights - Top 100 Events - by the American Bus Association 
    • James Island County Park - Best Park by Charleston City Paper
    • James Island County Park - Best Place for Family Fun by Charleston City Paper
    • Holiday Festival of Lights - Top 10 Light Show
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    • United States Lifesaving Association Beach Safety Challenge award
  • 2013
    • Historic Charleston Foundation Robert N.S. and Patti Foos Whitelaw Founders Award for strategic acquisition and protection of historically important places in the Lowcountry for the McLeod Plantation and Ashem Property projects
    • Preservation Society of Charleston Pro Merito Award for the stabilization project at McLeod Plantation
    • Splash Island Waterpark - Best Playground by Mount Pleasant Magazine  5 star audits
    • James Island County Park - Best Place for Family Fun by Charleston City Paper
    • Holiday Festival of Lights – Top 20 Events in Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    • United States Lifesaving Association Beach Safety Challenge award
    • United States Lifesaving Association "Gold Seal" award for Junior Lifeguard program
  • 2014
    • Dedication to REACH Program from College of Charleston
    • South Carolina Smart Business Recycling Award, SC DHEC Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
    • Lowcountry Parent Mom's Award
    • Mount Pleasant Pier - Community Pride Captain Pride Award
    • Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium Carolina Clear Partner
    • Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches of 2008 – Kiawah Beachwalker Park

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