In November 2008, voters by a large margin approved $250 million in bonds to pay for parks, recreation centers and greenways across Mecklenburg County.
Nearly a decade later, only 38 of the 75 planned projects have been finished – and more than dozen haven’t even been funded.
The unfunded projects include new parks in Huntersville and Mint Hill, the locations of which are both identified as being within a “service gap area” of the county for parks. More than 10 miles of planned greenways are also unfunded.
This bond money is paying for improvements outlined in Park and Recreation’s 10-year master plan for meeting the needs of Charlotte’s growing population.
The 38 completed projects include a sportsplex in Matthews, the two-mile Toby Creek Greenway on UNC Charlotte’s campus and a shelter at Hornets Nest Park on Beatties Ford Road.
The unfunded projects are spread about the county in all six county commissioner districts – with an estimated cost of almost $50 million.