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2008 Park Bonds include $11.9M for Projects in Steele Creek

(September 26, 2008) This year Mecklenburg County voters will have an opportunity to vote on a $250 Million Park and Recreation Bond. The bond includes $11,897,000 for the following projects in Steele Creek:

Sugar Creek Greenway: Billy Graham Pkwy. to South Tryon Street, 2.8 miles, $6,000,000. This section will be a partnership with developers of City Park on the site of the old Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road. The greenway will run south past Tryon Street to a restroom and parking lot. A bridge will connect to Waddell High School. The greenway will also connect to the NC Farmers Market. WikiMapia Locator

Walker Branch Greenway: South Tryon Street to Smith Road, .8 mile, $1,176,000. Greenway will extend a developer-built greenway from RiverGate Shopping Center to Smith Road. It will connect to a Steele Creek Athletic Associationís complex and many neighborhoods. The County is actively working with Steele Creek Community Trails Committee. WikiMapia Locator

Palisades Neighborhood Park: Palisades Elementary School, NC Hwy 49 South. Acreage will be determined when the school is platted. $311,581. Park will be built in conjunction with the new Palisades Elementary School and a planned high school. Park and Recreation will manage elementary school facilities (ball field, playground, parking lot, etc.) and build nature and hiking trails. WikiMapia Locator

Thomas McAllister Winget Regional Park: 12025 Winget Road, $2,716,000. Funding for the third and final phase includes 3 softball fields, amphitheatre, tennis courts and other amenities. WikiMapia Locator

Berewick Recreation Center: Berewick Elementary School off Dixie River Road in Southwest Mecklenburg, $1,693,419. Funding reimbursement to CMS for construction of an indoor recreation center at the new elementary school scheduled to open in August, 2009. The center will be modeled after the Hickory Grove Recreation/School complex, including basketball courts (six goals) with hardwood floors, staff offices, restrooms, and multi-purpose rooms for recreation programs and community use. This will be the first full-use recreation center in Southwest Mecklenburg County. WikiMapia Locator

For maps and descriptions of all projects in the bond, see Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 2008 Bond Referendum - $250Million Projects List.

Election day is November 4. Registered voters may vote in their regular polling place on Election Day. (See MAP.) Any eligible voter can register and vote during No-excuse One Stop Early Voting at 20 locations throughout Mecklenburg County, including Steele Creek Library. For more information on the election, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections web site or My Community. My Vote. Yes for Bonds.

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