Corrine Jones Playground was formerly known as Hester Park because of its location along Hester Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

The property was used for temporary housing during World War II. Opened in May 1943, the Ashley Homes company provided ninety-six three-room apartments that rented for $31.25, thirty four-room apartments for $36.25, and twenty-four five-room apartments at $41.25.

The complex was designed by North Carolina architect Douglas Ellington. The housing project was only intended to remain through the end of World War II, but its demolition was not announced until 1954. At that time, the Charleston County School District decided to purchase the land for a new school for the northwest area of the peninsula.

In late 2011, a renovation of the park was begun with the neighborhood surrounding it raising $20,000 of the expected $95,000.[4][5]

The City of Charleston was interested in ensuring that the park would remain public green space after the Charleston County School District planned to erect portable classrooms on the land during the renovations of a nearby school. As part of a land swap, Charleston transferred property that it owned adjacent to downtown schools to the school district, and the school district agreed to transfer Corrine Jones Playground to the city.[6]


  1. . Charleston News & Courier. March 28, 1943. Retrieved Dec 4, 2012. 
  2. . Charleston News & Courier. August 31, 1954. p. 10A. Retrieved Dec 4, 2012. 
  3. Stephanie Harvin (Feb 9, 2012). . Charleston Post & Courier. p. ZB2. Retrieved Dec 4, 2012. 
  4. Dave Munday (Nov 3, 2011). . Charlston Post & Courier. p. ZB2. Retrieved Dec 4, 2012. 
  5. Diette Courrege (May 24, 2011). . Charleston News & Courier. p. B1. Retrieved Dec 4, 2012.