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Charlotte Parks, Parks in Charlotte, Family Parks
Existing Center City Parks
This small, downtown park marks the entrance to Charlotte’s award-winning library. The key landmark is the large and decorative fountain and large, mature trees.
Baxter Street Park is nestled between Uptown and the Historic Dilworth Neighborhood and adjacent to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. This 2 acre park features walking trails and a community garden.
This Linear park is located within the First Ward neighborhood. This lovely green space is nestled between residential properties and boasts luscious landscape.
Fourth Ward Park is located in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood which artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses.
Frazier Park is 11.9 acres between the Third Ward Neighborhood and I-77 featuring greenway trails, sports fields, playgrounds, a community garden and Our Children’s Memorial Walkway.
Independence Park is the oldest of Charlotte’s original city parks, having opened in 1904. The park’s 24 acres features athletic fields, picnic shelters and a playground.
When complete, the greenway will feature over 19 miles of trails, fountains, sculptures and land connectors, from Cordelia Park just north of uptown to the South Carolina state line.
Marshall Park has grassy and shaded spaces, plus a small amphitheater that can be reserved for community events. This Park is named for James B. Marshall who was City Manager 1935-1940.
The Ninth Street Park opened recently in response to a growing number of families in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward. The quarter-acre park has a swing set, two play units, benches and a gazebo.
The City of Charlotte purchased the 6-acre site of Pearl Street Park for $2,500 in 1942 from the Thompson Orphanage, an Episcopal institution. The city opened the park in 1943.
The Elmwood/Pinewood cemetery complex was the center of a civil rights controversy in the late 1960s, when Fred Alexander led the campaign to bring down the fence between all-white Elmwood from all-black Pinewood.
Polk Park is situated at The Square, the intersection of Trade & Tryon Streets. Featuring a magnificent signature fountain, mature trees and tables. The entire park is wrapped in lights for the holidays.
Charlotte’s first burial ground, the oldest known grave is that of Joel Baldwin who died October 21, 1776. Many prominent citizens are buried here as well as slaves. The cemetery closed in 1867.
The Green Uptown is location adjacent to Three Wells Fargo Center on S. Tryon St. The 3-tier park features a literary theme, whimsical sculptures and lush landscape. Restaurants and shops line both sides.
Thompson Park is located just outside Uptown near CPCC and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The 3.3 acre park features a gazebo, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the Historic St. Mary’s Chapel.