The property is in close vicinity to several large residential communities west of I-77 and south of Gilead Road that suffer from a lack of available public parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. The acquisition of this property will serve those neighborhoods and is consistent with the County’s adopted 2008 Parks Master Plan as well as the Town’s adopted 2020 Master Plan, which identified the need for additional parkland west of I-77.
“We are committed to finding more park sites so our residents have close to home places for their health and connection to nature,” said Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges.
The purchased land is a portion of the 192-acre site of the former “Grier” subdivision that was designed for 292 single family homes off of McIlwaine Road. When the economic climate cooled, the development stalled and was never started.
“The Trust for Public Land is pleased to have assisted Mecklenburg County with the purchase, said Slade Gleaton, Senior Project Manager with The Trust for Public Land
. “Given its location and natural beauty, I am certain that it will be a well-loved park in the years to come.”