Cabarrus County Government hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of its newest park, Rob Wallace Park.
Residents and elected officials from jurisdictions across the county gathered for the celebration that overlooked construction that began in late June.
Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris and member Lynn Shue provided comments alongside Town of Midland Mayor Kathy Kitts.
Over several years, the county will develop the tract of land located off U.S. 601 in Midland as Rob Wallace Park, named after the original landowner.
Cabarrus County is working to open Phase 1, a 28-acre parcel, by December 2016, with additional phases soon following.
Phase 1 of the park will add a park administration building with restroom facilities, office and concession stand. Park amenities will include walking and mountain bike trails, a pier, playground and shelter.
“We want people to come by and get excited,” said Mayor Kitts. “It’s making our community a better place to live.”
“This park is about nature. It’s about how we interact with nature,” said Morris. “It is simple, and pure, and perfect.”
Future plans include an outdoor classroom, additional playgrounds and play areas that use the area’s natural resources. By reusing the elements of the area, fallen trees will become wildlife habitats, tree stumps will turn into stepping blocks and vines can send visitors from platform to platform.
An aerial adventure park is under consideration for this space. Generally speaking, an aerial park uses harnesses to zip you around the treetops, challenges participants through natural obstacles and encourages participants to see the world around them a little differently.
“Families will tell stories of driving through the countryside and stumbling across the most beautiful park they’ve ever seen,” said Lynn Shue, member of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and liaison to the Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Commission. “No matter how the countryside may change from this point, this area is preserved for generations.”
At its June 6 meeting, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.6 million construction contract for Phase 1 with Ike’s Construction. The County is building the park with financial support from a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant in the amount of $350,000.Content courtesy of the Cabarrus County July 21st, 2016 Press Release.