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Little Sugar Creek - Elizabeth to Charlottetowne Avenue Project
​Stream Restoration, Water Quality Enhancement and Greenway Trail

For decades, it was hidden by roads, buildings and brush. Now this two-block section of Little Sugar Creek has become both picturesque and prominent.

         Heavy equipment in stream bed    Restored stream 

 Under construction 2010


 Same section, March 2012

The stream has been restored to improve water quality and provide a healthier habitat for aquatic life.

Near this section of stream you'll find the statue of Captain James Jack making his historic 1775 horseback ride to deliver the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The status is at Kings Drive and 4th Street. Called "The Spirit of Mecklenburg," the status highlights a planned Trail of History that will eventually parallel Little Sugar Creek.

Stream work completed: 2011

Little Sugar Creek
Before stream restoration

  • Restore stream function
  • Revitalize aquatic and wildlife habitat
  • Reduce pollution from storm water runoff
  • Provide a greenway trail and preserve open space near Charlotte’s Center City

Final project mailer (March 2012)

Cost: $635,000

Sources of funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $102,000
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund: $532,945

Project schedule:

Planning and design: April 2005 to December 2008
LandDesign, Inc.
Wildlands, Inc.

Rocks in a line across the creek
Constructed riffles help stabilize streams
and add oxygen to the water

Stream Restoration: November 2010 to December 2011

Blythe Development


Project Managers:

Crystal Taylor, P.E.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Gwen Cook

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation


Conceptual drawing of restoration project