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Charleston Parks and Recreation

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 Charlestonís 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 Commissionís 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 CCPRCís 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. ... More

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