Jan 18, 2017 03:45PM
● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Image courtesy of https://www.cabarruscounty.us/news-events.
The countdown to the opening of Cabarrus County’s Wallace Park is in its final moments. A brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and park tour will take place Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m., at 12900 Bethel School Road, after which the park will open for public use. A larger park dedication event will take place later this spring.
Beginning with the ceremony on January 21, Rob Wallace Park will be operate its winter schedule, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From March-October, the park will operate seven days-a-week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The winter schedule will resume in November.
The 143-acre park is a gift of its natural habitat, with plans that phase the land into a modern and green space to enjoy the outdoors. The County began construction on phase one in April to add a boardwalk, fishing pond, mountain and bike trails, playground and picnic areas, and the park office. A substantial portion of the project’s estimated $6.7 million cost went toward acquisition of the uniquely suited land, with the remainder devoted to project planning, site work and amenities.
“We hope to see folks come out for this event and stay for the park experience,” said Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris. “It’s exciting to see Wallace Park come to life and know people will soon have new ways to interact with nature. This is especially true for those who will enjoy the first mountain bike trails in Cabarrus County.”
Future phases include nature classrooms, and additional play areas, piers and trails that use the natural resources in the area. Fallen trees can become wildlife habitats, tree stumps can make great stepping blocks and vines can send visitors from platform to platform, like Tarzan. This concept is a great way to reuse the elements around us and keep this treasured part of Cabarrus green.
An aerial adventure park is under consideration for this space. Generally speaking, an aerial park use harnesses to zip you around the treetops, challenges participants through natural obstacles and encourages participants to see the world around them a little differently as they tip-toe over bridges. This addition could take Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks to new heights!