By Alyssa Serrani
Summer is finally here. School is ending and the temperature is rising. This summer, take advantage of one the many parks that Charlotte has to offer and soak up the sun and rich history of the Queen City. Charlotte is home to more than 100 parks, but here are five that you may not be aware of that are worth checking out one of these lazy, hazy summer days.
Pearl Street Park
1200 Baxter Street
The park, located in what was originally Charlotte’s old Brooklyn neighborhood, has over seventy years worth of history. It was converted from Thompson Orphanage into a playground in 1942 and has gradually been transformed into a park. In 2005, it officially became the first African-American Park in Mecklenburg County. Spanning over 8 acres of land, it includes hiking trails, multipurpose athletic fields and a basketball court
1701 West Morehead Street
Dating back to the Great Depression, this historical public park has much to offer. Not only are there 8.7 acres of beautiful land to explore, there are also multi-purpose fields and a historic stone wall. The beautiful stone terrace provides a view of the stadium and the Charlotte skyline. This is a perfect place to go for a picnic and enjoy the summer weather.
1201 West Fourth Street Ext.
With 12 acres of land and a variety of activities, Frazier Park is the perfect place to take the entire family. A great place in particular for athletes, Frazier has a multi-purpose field, which can be used for soccer and football, two tennis courts, two basketball courts and Greenway trails by the creek. It is also includes a playground to keep the younger children entertained, as well as a dog park. Additionally, there is a community garden to occupy those with a green thumb and, most notably, the Children’s Memorial Walkway, a separate section of the park dedicated to children who have lost their lives complete with sculptures and an inscribed monument.
Squirrel Lake Park
1631 Pleasant Plains Road
This 29-acre stretch of land features a fishing pond with a pier, a 12-hole golf course, walking trails, a playground, a horseshoe pit and picnic table and outdoor grill areas. A nice place to escape on a summer day, you can call ahead and reserve a space at (704) 708-1260.
Colonel Francis Beatty Park
4330 Weddington Road
This enormous park consists of 265 acres of land and provides a variety of activities for the entire family. Among its many attractions are: 2 basketball courts, 6 tennis courts, 5 soccer fields, 10 picnic areas, walking trails, 2 playgrounds, mountain biking trails, a lake where you can go kayaking, fishing and canoeing, and much more. With all of its land and activities, this is a perfect park to host events. You can call and reserve their facilities for parties, weddings or just a regular outing with your family and friends at (704) 643-3405.