By Ty Snowden | With warmer Lowcountry temperatures making their debut this week across the Beaufort area, we are definitely fortunate enough to have a variety of community parks and playgrounds through the area to get out and enjoy some of that sunshine. While many of these spots are quite well known and loved, there are a few hidden gems that we may forget are located around town as well.
One we all cherish is The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This spot has it all and gives the opportunity to enjoy the playground as well as taking a stroll along the river, catching a sea breeze on the bench swings, grabbing a bite to eat or stopping to cool off with some ice cream.
Pigeon Point Park, just off of Boundary Street up from Bellamy Curve, includes a playground in our natural Lowcountry element. Oaks draped in Spanish moss shade the large park from the heat. Here you can find various playgrounds for all ages, bench swings, and picnic tables. What seems to be a kiddie favorite are the old school metal slides for a rapid ride down and the ever-popular merry-go-round.
A new park in the area, we have the Spanish galleon and the playground at The Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal. Saturday finds the little ones running about after attending the farmers market with their parents. Older siblings can take advantage of The Beaufort Skate Park, too.. There isn’t too much seating here, but that seems to be okay—parents are often up keeping the kids twirling on the tire swing.
Lenora Park is located in Port Royal, right at the foot of the Parris Island Bridge, off of Ribaut Road. It is a nice spot to stop by if you’re looking to play without too much of a crowd.
Tucked away on Lady’s Island at 9 Springfield Road, is the Coursen-Tate Memorial Park. This unique spot was named in memory of two Beaufort County Sherriff’s who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Here, there is a playground equipped with a shark tunnel, a large pavilion with picnic tables, and tons of open green grass for the little ones to run free.
If you’re one who loves bringing your dog along for the adventure, you may want to check out Burton Wells Park. Here you will find a dog park, a pond featuring a walkway and dock, playground, an outdoor basketball court, baseball, soccer and football fields, an indoor basketball gymnasium, and a small fitness center.
Another pet friendly spot is Southside Park in Mossy Oaks. You and Spot can find that one at 2614 Southside Boulevard.
With so many options, you and your family are sure to have enough upcoming days filled with sunshine to try them all.