With the recent opening of the Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte has now added yet another urban, green space to its repertoire. As many metropolitan areas have famous parks and squares integrated into their layout, Charlotte government officials, urban planners, and residents have realized the essential need for communal green space in urban—and even suburban—environments through the addition of parks and greenways system in current years.
Development projects to create a greenway system aim to improve stream and creek habitat and provide recreational space for residents to walk, sit, run, and bike. Over the years, the City of Charlotte has worked on different areas and restored various creeks with this newest greenway addition connecting Freedom Park to Uptown Charlotte. Part of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, this new trail system is very popular amongst residents, especially in the Myers Park and Dilworth neighborhoods.
These greenway systems not only provide space for recreational time and improve watershed health, but they also increase casual interactions amongst residents that promotes the exchange of ideas, access to different cultures, and social connectivity. In addition to casual exchanges, open, green space also provides a forum for organized activities and events that strengthen community spirit and value systems.
For example, Festival In the Park happened last weekend that brought music, art, and a relaxing social scene to Freedom Park. As the dog days of August melt into crisp autumn air, the reasonably mild weather allows residents to engage in the outdoors almost all year long.
Even as Romare Bearden contributed to the revival of African-American culture during the Harlem Renaissance and spent most of his life in New York City, he ultimately considers Charlotte his home. Engraved in one of the fountain’s in the new Romare Bearden Park he expresses his appreciation for Charlotte, “The South happens to be where I am born and I think the memories are indelible. There could be other places, but for me it’s Mecklenburg County.”
For more information about Romare Bearden Park: http://bit.ly/19udWFl
To learn more about the Little Sugar Creek Greenway: http://bit.ly/18PXS4m