Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Charlotte – Parks

One of the things we miss most about Charlotte is the abundance of parks, greenways and green spaces found throughout the city. It always amazed us that the streets and parks were always pristine and you rarely found trash anywhere.

On this trip to Charlotte, we went on many walks {mostly out of necessity since our dog was along for the trip}. Most frequently we walked the two blocks from our hotel to The Green, a small park next to St. Peters Catholic Church in uptown Charlotte. It is a small 1.5 acre park, but perfect for getting Sophie out of the hotel without a whole lot of effort.

Fountain in front of St. Peter's at The Green

Daniel took a longer walk with Sophie from our hotel to Marshall Park at least once.

View of uptown from Frazier Park
A couple of times, I drove over to Frazier Park in Third Ward, which is a part of the Irwin Creek Greenway and has a dog park. I used to take afternoon walks at this park when I worked uptown since it was right next to where I worked.

I also drove over to Freedom Park, which is a part of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. I have no idea why we didn't spend more time at Freedom Park when we lived in Charlotte. We sometimes used the greenway system to bike home via Myers Park, but didn't spend much time in the park itself. It is a gorgeous park.

We also made a special trip out to the McAlpine Creek Greenway which is close to our old neighborhood. Having a greenway {or forest} with access from {or close to} our house is on our must have list for the next house we buy.

Daniel also went and checked out Romare Bearden Park, which is currently in the early stages of construction. This particular park holds special interest to him since he worked on some of the civil engineering for this park when he worked at LandDesign.

Other parks we love in the Charlotte area, but didn't have time to visit, include: The U.S. National White Water Center – has rafting, mountain biking and climbing walls; Colonel Francis Beatty Park – we loved mountain biking at this park; Fourth Ward Park – close to our apartment when we lived uptown; and finally Crowder's Mountain State Park – a bit of a drive from Charlotte, but on a clear day you can see the Queen City from the pinnacle.

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