‘Central Park for Charlotte’: Group reveals plans for 220-acre site near uptown

Local group reveals major plans for 220-acre park near uptown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Local nonprofit Friends of Queen’s Park released renderings this week showing the group’s vision for transforming a 220-acre site north of uptown from an industrial railyard site into a Central Park for Charlotte.

The group said the park would include amenities such as a flexible great lawn, a regional cultural district and a natural area.

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In a news release, the group said now more than ever urban parks are a critical component of community infrastructure, citing Mecklenburg County’s parks ranking at 95th out of 100 major metropolitan areas in the country.

At 220 acres, Queens Park would be the largest and most diverse park in the city.

Queen's Park rendering
Queen's Park rendering (Courtesy Friends of Queen's Park)

The vision and renderings are a collaboration of well-known professionals in development, urban design and architecture, including Flywheel Group, Stantec, Odell and The Agency.

The group said the park would link and center eight diverse neighborhoods from the North End Smart District that are now separated by the railyard.

The park would also connect to the regional greenway system.

Supporters of the project are encouraged to post to social media using the hashtag #Tracks2Trees. The group is also selling Queen’s Park T-shirts and accepting donations on its website.

More renderings of the project can be viewed at queensparkclt.org.

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