Sometimes — especially when you get more than you pay for — we don’t balk at taxpayer-funded services, especially when the government agency has a “strong interest in self-sufficiency,” as the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission does. For a mere $10.5 million annually from property tax coffers (an amount they more than double their own enterprise funds), the CCPRC operates a vast network of recreational facilities and parks that range from waterparks to waterfront expanses. The county park system was established in 1968 and is an example of equality, diversity, and accessibility. Free from the historical tyranny of S.C.’s racist past, the park system throws open its doors to everyone in the county, hosting reggae and Hispanic festivals, welcoming pets, fostering the environmental education of our children, and promoting health and wellness for all. Yeah, it’s starting to feel like a commercial for the CCPRC. But we feel strongly that this is one of the best things about living in Charleston.Whether you want to crab, climb a wall, play in the surf, or just have a picnic, the CCPRC gives you all that and more. So, here’s to our county park commissioners. You’re the best.