Lin McDowell

Low rankings for Charlotte's park system

May 25, 2017 - 6:34 am

Are Charlotte parks getting a bad rap?

Mecklenburg County parks director Jim Garges thinks so, after a non-profit organization rated the park system near the bottom of their list.

Garges believes the figures released by the Trust for Public Land ranking Charlotte parks 97th out of 100 don't reflect what Charlotte residents feel about the parks.

One of the criteria in the ranking is the availability of city parks within a ten minute walk of a residence. According to the study, only 27 per cent of Charlotte's residents live that distance from their nearest park. Garges says those numbers are skewed as they don't reflect the entire county.

A 2013 community survey indicated a more positive view of Charlotte's park system where 55% of park visitors rated them as good and 33% as excellent.

The biggest complaint? 53% said Charlotte/Mecklenburg could use more parks. Garges emphasised that $160 million dollars in park construction is currently underway with the building of new parks, upgrading current parks and installing new greenways.

He added that the community survey is what matters to him. 


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