Parks & Greenways

Discover nature. Jog, walk or simply explore.

When fresh air is calling your name, University City is here to deliver. From hiking to biking, picnics to parties, enjoy exploring the great outdoors by visiting the nearby parks and greenways. There is plenty of opportunity to escape!

Parks

There are many private parks in planned neighborhoods, and public park options in and near University City. Visit Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation to explore Reedy Creek Park and its dog park component, Kirk Farm Fields, Mallard Creek Community Park, Mallard Creek Soccer Fields, and Mallard Creek Tennis Courts. Reedy Creek and Mallard Creek Community Parks have rental facilities available for gathering with family, friends or colleagues.

Natural Escapes

University City has natural escapes close to homes and offices. Fourteen miles of greenway provide a bike-friendly way to travel, exercise or leisure. Toby Creek, Mallard Creek and Clarks Creek greenways connect to UNC Charlotte and its Botanical Gardens, University Research Park, light rail stations and a dozen neighborhoods.

UNC Charlotte’s botanical gardens and greenhouse showcase rhododendron, azaleas and other Carolina’s flora. Explore Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve. The 850-acre oasis includes athletic fields, playgrounds, fishing ponds and a competition-level disc golf course, plus 10 miles of forest trails (watch for deer, beaver, red-tailed hawks and barred owls!) and a nature center that offers programs and camps.

Fitness Centers

Looking for a quality gym in University City? Outdoors or indoors, there are several places to help you stay fit all year round with fitness centers and activities. Find and support your favorite local gym like the Keith Family YMCA, Defy Charlotte, 9Round Kickboxing, Fitness Connection, Fuzion Force Dance & Fitness, Orange Theory and more.

News

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve expansion touches 3 schools

Two public schools and the CPCC Cato Campus have gained important access to a great learning resource, thanks to Mecklenburg County’s recent purchase of 100 acres for the planned Reedy Creek Greenway. The new addition to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve adjoins Northeast...

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building....

University City launches Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadow

By Azania Herron University City Partners, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens and North Carolina Native Plant Society have partnered to install Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadows, a community native plant project in University City. On April...

Tell Charlotte how to improve transportation and our urban forest

Charlotte is seeking our ideas regarding two major initiatives: Protecting and expanding the city’s tree canopy, and deciding the future of transportation and mobility in Charlotte. In each case, the city invites us to complete an online survey. Here are details:...

Informal community survey finds strong interest in farmers market, local businesses, greenways

In April and May, we invited University City residents and workers to complete an informal survey about programs and improvements they’d like to see in our community. More than 200 people took part. Here’s what they shared. How well do their responses match what you...

Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

University City Partners was created to support the economic development and vitality of our community. As we move forward during and following the COVID-19-pandemic, we particularly need to know from you how we are doing, and what improvements you would like to see....

These four projects will launch University Place transformation

The 2018 opening of the Blue Line Extension between UNC Charlotte and Center City launched a massive reshaping of the North Tryon Street corridor in University City. Look for these four public and private projects to focus that transformation on University Place over...

Makeover of JW Clay Blvd. to start in 2021

Construction of a major improvements to JW Clay Boulevard through University Place is expected to start in late summer of 2021.  The city-funded streetscape project will significantly improve this key artery for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian,...

Help Mecklenburg plan for our collective future

Do you care about improving our parks, schools and social services? Be sure to add completing the Mecklenburg County Budget Survey to your December to-do list. Your responses could influence next year's county budget priorities. Here are details about the survey as...