One of Charlotte’s newest parks, First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte features a grand fountain with sculptural elements that light up in the evening, a “sprayground” where kids can play and cool down in hot weather, as well as gardens, benches, and sculptures. The park hosts a free summer concert series called “Sounds of Summer” that has included some big names in the genre of Roots/Americana music. ImaginOn, an innovative teen-focused branch of the Charlotte Public Library featuring small theaters and a multimedia studio, is adjacent to the park.
First Ward Park’s completion in 2015 meant that each of the four “wards” that make up Uptown Charlotte now has a major park. (Second Ward has Marshall Park, built in the 1970s, and Third Ward has Romare Bearden, built in 2013.) First Ward Park was built by real estate developer David Levine in collaboration with the city, the county, and the University of North Carolina. It shares a city block alongside the light rail tracks with UNC’s new Center City building, as well as a century-old warehouse known as the Philip Carey building, which recently became a headquarters for Google Fiber - Google’s new internet service provider. While some of the surrounding buildings are vacant, others are attracting new businesses, so there’s likely to be something new to see each time you come here.
Cover photo and content provided by Mecklenburg County.