STEELE CREEK NEWS
Plan for Neighborhood Park
at The Palisades Released
2009) Mecklenburg County Park and
Recreation Department staff recently gave the public its first look at the
new Palisades Neighborhood Park. The park, an elementary
school, and a high school all will be located on a 110-acre site on York
Road across from McDowell Nature Preserve. Click on the image below,
HERE, the view a pdf version of the park and school
The elementary school will be in the northwest corner of the site
along York Road. The park will be on 20 acres behind the school,
along the west side of the site. Plans call for it to feature two
age-specific playgrounds, a park pavilion, and a play field. All of
these will be adjacent to the school and will be used by the school
during school hours. They will be open for public use outside school
Also planned is a .75 mile asphalt loop trail to the south of the
A 100 foot buffer will be maintained within the property line. No
facilities will be built within this 100 foot buffer.
Plans could change based on public input, however.
The park will be funded by $311,000 in bonds approved by voters in
2008. The elementary school will be funded by school bonds approved
in 2007. The plan is for the school and park to be built at the same
time under the same contract.
However, the bonds have yet to be sold, and county staff attending
the public meeting in July couldn't say when
they would be sold. The state of the economy and the county's
financial situation have caused the Mecklenburg County Commissioners
to postpone bond sales.
Ideally the county will sell bonds in time to begin construction for the
elementary school and park to open in 2010, but no one was willing
to predict when funding will be available.
The high school will take up the bulk of the property on the east
side. No funding has been authorized and there is no schedule for
its construction. When that is built, plans call for a second,
1-mile asphalt loop trail around the school. When the high school is
built, a road will be built through the property connecting to a new
subdivision planned to the south. The loop trail will have two
pedestrian connections to the future neighborhood.
The components and
layout of the park are subject to change as a result of public input
and other assessment. The footprints and layouts of the schools are
preliminary and also subject to change.
The full 110 acre site has a 70-foot drop off from York Road to the
back of the property, which leads to planning and design challenges.
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