Green light for our parks and greenways! Thanks, everyone!

Aug 3, 2017 | Events, Greenways

Mallard Creek Greenway hosts many running events

Restored funding includes money to pave the last stretch of Mallard Creek Greenway

A note of thanks from Darlene Heater, Executive Director, University City Partners

You’ve probably heard the great news about our park and greenway funding, but in case you have not, our County Board voted on Wednesday night to reverse a previous funding plan and instead fully fund 13 park and greenway projects still unbuilt from the 2008 park bonds – including three projects in or close to University City.

Thanks to everyone who called, emailed and spoke with county commissioners over the past two months about our county’s urgent need for more parks and greenways.

Thanks to our county board for spending so much time hearing our community’s concerns and responding.

Thanks to Commissioner Jim Puckett for proposing the plan that commissioners approved last night, and thanks to commissioners Pat Cotham, Bill James, Matthew Ridenhour and Ella Scarbrough for joining Commissioner Puckett in approving the new funding plan and ensuring that the 13 projects approved by voters nine years ago finally will become reality.

The next step is to find out when these projects will move forward. I am contacting Mecklenburg Park and Recreation staff today to see when we will know. We will share that information as soon as we can.

Darlene Heater, Executive Director
University City Partners


Learn more about the County Board’s decision

Here are links to recent news articles by The Charlotte Observer to fill you in on the details.

  • “Voters approved millions for park projects in 2008. Why haven’t 13 been funded?” July 30, 2017 – Read article
  • “County rejects soccer stadium deal, passes the cost – and Memorial Stadium – to city” Aug. 2, 2017 – Read article


Want to thank our county commissioners? Send a note

Here’s how to email members of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

Ella B. Scarborough (Chair, At Large)

Pat Cotham, (At Large)

Trevor Fuller (At Large)

Jim Puckett (Vice-chair, District 1)

Vilma Leake (District 2)

George Dunlap (District 3)

Dumont Clarke (District 4)

Matthew Ridenhour (District 5)

Bill James (District 6)


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