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Honoring Local's Memory, Rob Wallace Park Receives Donation for Butterfly Garden

Aug 21, 2017 10:06PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Rob Wallace Park was recently approved a Butterfly Garden at a Midland Town Council Meeting. The decision was made after a generous donation was made to honor Kathy Kitts. 

The Town Council approved to pay fifty percent of the costs required for the garden. Cabarrus County agreed to pay for the other fifty percent on top of being in charge of the project itself. Carolinas Healthcare System is providing $5000.00 toward the projects, specifically the benches.

Kathy was an advocate in the community for the park, as well as for the county as a whole. This Butterfly Garden is a perfect tribute to honor her memory. 

We got in touch with the Active Living and Parks Director Londa Strong to learn more about Kathy and the Butterfly Garden. 

Tell us a little bit about the new Butterfly Garden initiative. When and how did it get started? 

I called Kathy early March and she brought up the idea of a butterfly garden.  She said we need to have a butterfly garden in close proximity to parking so folks who had some sort of limitations on walking could enjoy it.  She suggested close to the pond since it was easily accessible for anyone and would add beauty to the pond area.

What can we expect while this is being built? Is there an estimated finish date yet?  

We want to get started ASAP.  There are a few items we have to finalize and get all of the bids in and a contract in hand before we can start.  Hopefully no later than the second week of September.

Has the community response been receptive to the idea of this new addition? 

Everything that I have heard has been very positive.  Everyone that knew Kathy knew how much she supported the community and the county.  She was a true advocate for getting a park in the Midland area.  It took quite a few years, but it finally happened and we all saw how proud she was.  She spoke at the Ground Breaking and the Dedication.  She was a true Samaritan who loved her community and its citizens.


To learn more about programs and parks in Cabarrus County, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/alp, call 704-920-3484 or follow them on Facebook.

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