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Tiedemann Park

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Coordinates: 32°47′26″N 79°56′03″W / 32.790527°N 79.934063°W / 32.790527; -79.934063

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Tiedemann Park
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Location40 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Area0.87 acres (0.35 ha)
Operated byCity of Charleston

Tiedemann Park and Nature Center is a public park and Nature Center in Charleston, South Carolina.[1][2] The park was opened in 1939 and named in honor of Elizabeth Klinck Tiedemann.[3] Mrs. Tiedemann had been one of the Charleston Playground Board's inaugural members starting in 1910.[4]

The namesake for Tiedemann Park was Mrs. Elizabeth Klinck Tiedemann.

In addition to having served on the Playground Board, Mrs. Tiedemann (Mrs. John C. Tiedemann) was a long-time officer with the first free kindergarten program in Charleston. Indeed, the playground building at 40 Elizabeth Street was used as the second free kindergarten for many years.[5]

It includes a playground.[6] It is operated by the City of Charleston which spent about $6000 on improvements to the park in 1993.[7] Previously, neighbors had complained about the use of the park after hours.[8] In 1998, the playground building was reworked by the City to become a nature center; the City planned to rework other small park buildings to focus on other topics around its parks.[9]

Tiedemann Park includes a one-story recreation center.

In 2014, the city joined with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, a local non-profit, to improve the park with a new fence and plantings along the Elizabeth Street sidewalk, sod, and other features.[10]


  1. https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/park/tiedemann-park-and-nature-center
  2. https://charleston-sc.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Tiedemann-Park-Nature-Center-Playground-96?mobile=ON
  3. "Council Passes '40 License Bill". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. November 29, 1939. p. 14.
  4. "City Council". Evening Post. Charleston, South Carolina. December 5, 1939. p. 8-B.
  5. "Free Kindergartens Close Next Week". Evening Post. Charleston, South Carolina. December 15, 1943. p. 10.
  6. https://www.ahoycharleston.com/explore-one-of-charlestons-many-parks/
  7. Jones, Patricia B. (March 25, 1993). "Tiedemann Park plans questioned". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. Givens, Dorothy (October 24, 1991). "Park activity draws complaints". Post and Courier.
  9. Behre, Robert (October 27, 1998). "Tiedemann center focuses on nature". Post and Courier. p. 3B.
  10. "Tiedemann Park and Nature Center". Charleston Parks Conservancy. Retrieved August 17, 2014.

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