Pine Haven Park
This wooded park is located near the junction of Francis E. Willard Rd (SC Hwy. 72 N) and North Adair St. There is playground equipment, four picnic tables and one grill. It is nicely shaded with tall pine trees.
In 2018, Clinton Canopy partnered with the City of Clinton to make improvements to the park. Numerous pine trees were removed, opening up the canopy. With help from the Agricultural students from Clinton High School, 7 canopy trees, 20 understory trees, and 148 shrubs (including some edibles) were planted in October. Ferns were added to spruce up a gully. City personnel added new benches and an outdoor classroom and new play equipment including a slide and climbing wall built into the hillside and a tunnel for kids to climb over and through. Spring was much brighter in the park as the azaleas, redbuds, and dogwoods came into bloom.
Funding for this project was provided by a grant from TD Green Streets and the Arbor Day Foundation.
In 1998 a bench and a shade tree on Musgrove Street in downtown Clinton was dedicated to J. A. Orr Jr., a downtown businessman, owner of Western Auto and City Bicycle Shop.
It was re-landscaped in 2017 by Clinton Canopy, a volunteer group, and extended to include the triangular patch of earth alongside the building. The plants include many xeriscape, drought tolerant plants and edible herbs attractive to butterflies.
This project was made possible by a Community Assistance Grant from the City of Clinton.
In 2009, Laurens District 56 was building a new high school, and our local American Legion post had decided to dissolve and sell their building and property to the city. Clinton Canopy entered into a partnership that resulted in the development of an arboretum on the high school grounds - brain-child of one of our members, Laura Blind, a retired outdoor educator. The American Legion jump-started the project with a donation for 17 trees. We sold additional trees in memory or honor of loved ones. Liz Tapp did the design and worked with Dale Taylor Trees of Mountville to locate 61 different varieties of trees. Ellen Boyce from DHEC arranged for GPS mapping. We ordered signage and coordinated with the high school Agriculture department who handled the actual planting. Altogether 173 trees were planted with 94 of them being dedicated to veterans. When the arboretum was officially dedicated on April 19, 2011, the program contained acknowledgements for 33 individuals, groups, or businesses that had participated in some way to making it happen.