Playgrounds abound in Charleston's most kid-friendly neighborhood.


Celebration Station

Built in 1994 beside Piedmont Elementary School, Celebration Station was designed by nationally renowned playground designer Robert Leathers. An army of volunteers came together to build the playground, which includes swings, slides, wooden parapets, a picnic shelter, sandboxes, and basketball and tennis courts. Piedmont Cornucopia, the elementary school’s educational community garden, is also located here. Much loved by the community, this playground serves as a hub for youth throughout the neighborhood. Located on Quarrier St. between Bradford and Morris Streets.
Kanawha County Schools Elizabeth St. Playground

The Kanawha County Schools playground on Elizabeth St. is conveniently located in the heart of the East End, only a short block from the bustling corner of Washington and Elizabeth. Two play areas, each fully fenced-in and mulched, each boast a variety of playground equipment for youngsters and benches for parents. Due to its quality facilities and central location, this is a favorite of kids and parents alike. Located on Elizabeth Street between Quarrier and Lee Streets.


Jackson Street Playground

A playground has recently been built on Jackson St. near the Roosevelt Community Center, which utilizes and maintains the space. Kids from the East End Family Resource Center chose the equipment and color scheme for the playground, which is nestled in a fenced lot between two apartment buildings. Located on Jackson St. near Chamberlain Ct., between Ruffner Ave. and Thompson St.


Haynes Park

Tucked away at the end of a dead-end street, the Rugby Street playground, as it is commonly called by community residents, is a charming area for kids and parents to play and visit. The mulched, fenced-in park features a variety of playground equipment, a small pavilion, and ample seating for parents to relax and visit while keeping an eye on the kids. Located at the end of Rugby Street, or accessed by stairs next to the bus stop near 1530 Piedmont Ave., between Thompson and Cart Streets.


Christ Church United Methodist Playground and Community Garden

At the corner of Virginia and Morris Streets, what was an empty green space has been utilized to wonderful effect with a combination community garden and playground. The playground, which is operated by A Growing Place Preschool, is fully fenced-in and mulched and features a variety of play equipment and plenty of seating for watchful parents. Located on Morris Street between Quarrier and Virginia Streets.


Lewis St. Playground

Set back from Lewis Street, this playground is easily overlooked by passers-by, but neighborhood kids, particularly those who participate in after-school programs at the nearby Roosevelt Center, make good use of the various pieces of playground equipment and grassy area that constitute this neighborhood green space and playground. Located at 1467 Lewis St., near the corner of Ruffner Ave.

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