Eastway Park was developed behind the shopping center at Eastway and The Plaza. This new park incorporates property from the old Briarwood Neighborhood Park (33 acres) plus an additional 90 new acres.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods sought this park for many years, and it will serve both youngsters and adults from many neighborhoods: Plaza Park I and II, Highland Trace, Citiside, Shannon Park, Hampshire Hills, Bridlewood, Eastbrook, Green Meadows, and Green Forest. Development of the park was delayed by drought and water use restrictions last year.
The park is being developed in phases. Phase I, now opening, cost $3.6 million, paid for by Park and Recreation bonds approved by Mecklenburg County voters in 1999 and 2004. This phase includes:
- Two multipurpose athletic fields suitable for soccer or football (on the Eastway side)
- Two softball fields (on the Briarwood side)
- Two restroom buildings, roads and parking.
Additional phases will be developed as funding is available. The master plan calls for future development to include seven more multipurpose fields, two more softball fields; a sprayground, playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, recreation center, restrooms and parking.
Brief remarks at the kick-off of Eastway Park will be made by Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap, Park and Recreation Commissioner Owen Furuseth, Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. Everyone is invited to light refreshments after the ceremony.