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Upper Steele Creek District Park Planned

(January 11, 2002) The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department hosted a community workshop on January 10 to present updated plans for a new district park in the Steele Creek Community.

The park is part of a new 965-acre residential and mixed-use development planned by Pappas Properties that will be located west of the new I-485 and north of the Steele Creek Road/Shopton Road West intersection. The park is on the northern end of the development north of Dixie River Road.

The park site covers 215 acres. Half of the park will be developed with various facilities, including playing fields, a recreation center, and paved trails. The remaining area will primarily remain natural with unpaved trails.

Facilities in the current plan include:

  • A 30,000 square foot recreation center containing a gym, meeting rooms, and facilities for seniors. An elementary school is under consideration for the recreation center site. If this occurs, the park and school will share use of the recreation center.
  • Over 3 and a half miles of trails, including a mountain bike trail.
  • 8 softball or baseball fields.
  • 9 soccer fields.
  • Several playgrounds.
  • 3 outdoor basketball courts.
  • 6 tennis courts.
  • A sprayground, which is a play area with fountains and spraying water.
  • An inline hockey court.
  • 3 picnic shelters. 
  • Several other outdoor picnic areas. 
  • A concession stand. 
  • Restrooms. 
  • Parking areas.
The park will be built by Pappas Properties and leased to the county. The developer anticipates building the park early in the overall development schedule, and it could be completed and ready to use by mid to late 2004. The plan should be presented for approval by the Southwest Parks Advisory Council and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission at their March meetings. After that, the Mecklenburg County Commissioners must approve the plan.

Due to I-485 construction and airport expansion, Wallace Neel Road, which is the northern continuation of Steele Creek Road, will be closed north of West Boulevard. A new Steele Creek Road will be built west of I-485 through the Pappas development. The final route has not been determined, but its location could have an impact on the layout of the park.