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2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Facility Planning and Land Acquisition

Yellow arrow indicatorFacility Planning and Land Acquisition is on target to meet 2008 Comprehensive Master Plan goals of Facility implementation and meet the needs of the Mecklenburg County community. 

Facility Planning and Land Acquisition
Park and recreation facilities are key components of the natural and built environment that enhance the quality of our lives. When well planned and strategically located, they provide outlets for recreational enjoyment and environmental appreciation. The current trend for desired facilities reflects the evolving needs of our citizens.

Trails - Requests for walking and biking trails reflect the top priority for new facilities identified in the 2008 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 10 Year Master Plan. The Citizen Survey Results indicated that 74% of the respondents placed this type of amenity at the top of their lists.

Neighborhood Parks - The department regularly receives requests to plan and develop neighborhood parks. The Master Plan has identified a shortage of these walk-to facilities that provide localized recreation opportunities for a diverse population group. We have completed schematic master plans for additional neighborhood parks and through a community build/volunteer process, completed the construction of one of them.

Community/Regional Parks and Special Use Venues - The desire for large parks and spaces with specific uses remains strong. We recently completed two major facilities that are already bringing great notoriety to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Romare Bearden Park is a 5+ acre urban park inspired by the work of Romare Bearden, an internationally known artist who grew up in the area. The green space has an eclectic mix of urban park elements including two gardens, a courtyard with tables and chairs shaded by a tree canopy, a formal venue green, a large open green for informal play and events, a play area with interactive digital chimes and waterfalls. The Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews Phase 1 was wrapped up this year and includes a world-class multi-sport complex of five synthetic turf fields. Future plans call for additional fields as well as a stadium venue for tournament championship games. The focus of this facility will be to host a wide variety of weekend tournaments; soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, etc. as well as weekday practices and league play for local teams and organizations. 

Natural Areas - Reduced land costs have identified acquisition opportunities. The 2008 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 10 Year Master Plan concluded that the County needs to acquire thousands of additional acres for recreation in the coming decade to keep pace with the County's growing population. The department continues to acquire hundreds of acres of prime land which is a positive step in achieving the goal to provide opportunities for natural and passive recreation experiences.

For more information contact: W. Lee Jones, Division Director

What you can do to grow Park Facilities and support Land Acquisition
  • Approach Park and Recreation about leveraging county land
  • Donate or sell at a significantly reduced rate your land to Park and Recreation
  • Volunteer to help build or maintain park amenities like Race Playce and Lincoln Heights Park
More information

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The trends shown in the State of the Environment Report are not all based on tests of statistical significance. Data analysis, anecdotal evidence, and best professional judgment have been compiled to represent these trends. The State of the Environment Report takes a snapshot of important environmental indicators in an effort to educate the public while highlighting challenges, successes and the general direction of change for each indicator. For additional information on these indicators and the determination of trends, please follow the links and feel free to contact the appropriate resources.

Last updated 2/17/14