Hucks Road Community Park slated to open in spring 2018

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation plans to start work on the new Hucks Road Community Park sometime in the winter of 2016, with plans to open the park to the public in spring 2018.

hucks-road-master-planThe park, which is located west of Croft Community School and across the street from the Clarks Creek Nature Preserve, includes plans for a 1-acre small dog park and a 1.5 acre large dog park with watering stations; a medium shelter with public art installation; two small shelters; a 4,000-square-foot sprayground, restrooms, 8 fenced pickle ball courts, an unfenced basketball court, meadows, skate park, play area with oodle swings, rope structure and balance/motion pieces and community gardens.

A community input meeting was held on Feb. 24 to discuss park amenities and options.

Download PDFs of the park master plan and site rendering of the central sprayground and shelters below:

Hucks Road Park Conceptual Master Plan (PDF)

Spray and Playground Rendering (PDF)

Community workshop for Hucks Road park

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department – North Park Region Advisory Council will host a public meeting to inform and gain input from the public about the proposed 32+ acre Hucks Road Community Park located on Hucks Road west of the Croft Community School.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Croft Community School at 4911 Hucks Road.

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Browne’s Ferry represented at Neighborhood Leadership Awards banquet

Molly Hall represented Browne’s Ferry at the City of Charlotte’s annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards event on Sept. 19. Browne’s Ferry was nominated to win a leadership award. In addition to the leadership awards, many city leaders from various departments and elected positions were available for  networking and collaboration. Among the take-aways:

City Grant Opportunities

Hall met representatives from the city Parks & Recreation Department, and learned of potential grants for our old playground equipment repurpose. The city has a program to create “fit zones” with signage, a program for which we may be eligible to receive funds to complete the project.

Hall also talked briefly with Neighborhood Matching Grant representatives regarding our ineligibility to apply for many city grants.

Speed Humps

Hall also met with CDOT’s Chip Gallup regarding the speed hump(s) on Browne’s Ferry Road. He said CDOT wasn’t actively pursuing speed hump re-installation without Browne’s Ferry contacting them to get it back on their radar. See this post for more information.

Greenways

Representatives from the Prosperity Village area voiced interest in collaborating to get future bond monies secured for the greenway extensions noted in both the county and area plans. Our park is considered high value due to its location and existing parking area. The board discussed at the September meeting how we need to proceed carefully to get greenway access at a good value yet not negatively affect our common areas or homeowners’ interests close to the park.

Start planning for summer: Free and cheap activities for the family

Toddler Tuesdays at SeaLife

SeaLife Aquarium offers a free kid’s admission for each adult ticket purchased. Adult tickets are discounted to $14. Children under 3 are free, and additional children ages 3-12 are $5 each. Regular ticket prices are $21 for adults and $17 for children 3-12.
For more information, visit https://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.

Kids Eat Free

  • Firehouse Subs: Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult combo.
  • Hawthorne’s NY Pizza: Tuesdays, for every $7 an adult spends.
  • IKEA: all day Tuesdays
  • Jason’s Deli: Wednesdays, 2 kids eat free with each adult meal purchase.
  • Macado’s: Tuesdays, kids eat for $1.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.
  • Moe’s Southwestern Grill: Tuesdays.
  • Red Robin: Mondays, kids under 10.

Summer Movie Express

Regal Cinemas offers children’s movie screenings for $1 this summer. There are two movies each week at 10 a.m. one day each week.
For more information, visit: http://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

UNC Botanical Gardens

Located on the campus of UNC Charlotte, the Botanical Gardens feature native plant species in a beautiful setting. The garden is free and open to the public during daylight hours. For parking information, visit https://gardens.uncc.edu/visiting-the-gardens/directions-and-parking.

City rep to attend Sept. 25 meeting to discuss greenway plans

A board member contacted the City of Charlotte for clarification on the city’s greenway extension project mentioned in the Prosperity Hucks Area Plan. We have a commitment from Gwen Cook, the city’s  Greenway Planner, to attend the Sept. 25 board meeting and hold a question-and-answer session regarding the city’s plans and what options Browne’s Ferry has in regard to the greenway. Continue reading “City rep to attend Sept. 25 meeting to discuss greenway plans”

Mulch fire on Eastfield Road

Charlotte and Huntersville Fire Departments are on scene of a large mulch fire on Eastfield Road. Smoke is visible from some distance away, and North Charlotte residents are expected to detect a mild to moderate smoke odor in the air. Neighboorhoods affected include Wallace Farms, Highland Creek, Concord Mills, the greater University area. This fire is controlled, but you may expect this smoke odor to persist for several hours.