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Little Sugar Creek - Pearl Park Way to Morehead Street (along Kings Drive)

Stream Restoration and Water Quality Enhancement

Lush green banks and a ribbon of greenway embrace Little Sugar Creek as it flows southward past beyond Charlotte’s tallest buildings.

The stream has been transformed. A beautiful fountain and greenway trail make this a signature spot for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Stream work completed: 2009


  • Buy 19 acres of floodplain and remove 11 flood-prone buildings
  • Uncap the entire length of Little Sugar Creek in project area
  • Restore stream function and wildlife habitat
  • Create a functional wetland system
  • Decrease the amount of pollution flowing into Little Sugar Creek
  • Provide educational opportunities for schools and the community
  • Provide a greenway trail and preserve open space
 Little Sugar Creek at Kings Drive

 Stream/greenway opening event under grey skies August 6, 2010
Stream/greenway opening event under
gray skies August 6, 2010

    Cost: $18.9 million (approximate)

Sources of Funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $805,000
North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund: $280,000
North Carolina Division of Water Resources: $575,000
Mecklenburg County Land Bonds for land acquisition: $17,295,000  

Final project mailer (March 2012)


Project schedule:

Planning and Design: 2006
LandDesign, Inc.
Wildlands, Inc.
Construction: 2007 to 2010
Lee Construction
    Uncapping: June through October 2007
    Pedestrian Bridge: 2009
United Construction
    Stream Restoration: 2008 and 2009
    Greenway Construction: 2009 and 2010

Little Sugar Creek 

Project Managers:

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

Gwen Cook
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation