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2012 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County parks, greenways, and nature preserves are strongly supported by our community. Mecklenburg County does lag behind other cities of comparable population and density regarding percent of total parkland compared to city land area. Mecklenburg County currently averages 20.2 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents compared to the national average of 40.2 acres per 1,000 residents. Use of parkland by residents trends at 76% of the population, above the national average of 72%.
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  • Implement the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 2008 Comprehensive Master Plan. This plan calls for the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres of nature preserves and active recreational parklands, as well as acquiring land and developing 42 miles of new greenway trails.
  • Continue the greenprint software program. Greenprint allows the County to objectively and strategically make best use of available tax dollars while accounting for the needs of our natural community as land acquisition is considered.
  • Look for partnerships. The County should continue to look for partnerships with entities like the Thread Trail, NCDOT and surrounding Towns as well as investigate new funding opportunities to help make the Comprehensive Master Plan a reality.

More information

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 4/16/12

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