Romare Bearden Park is Coming!





Background

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has voted
to provide funding to begin the construction of Romare Bearden Park!

The Petition and Email Campaign is Closed!

In the spring of 2000, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County adopted the Center City 2010 Vision Plan. The plan included the suggestion of a large scale public park that will become the symbolic focus of Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte.

Romare Bearden Park will be created on a 5.2-acre parcel located in Third Ward between Church and Mint Streets and Martin Luther King (MLK) Boulevard and 4th Street. Romare Bearden was an internationally renowned artist who was born in Charlotte in 1912 and at one point in his childhood, lived near the new park at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Graham Street.

Recently the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has agreed to amend a deal with R.B.C. Corp., a subsidiary of Wells Fargo. The new deal gives R.B.C. Corp the right to repurchase part of the park land in October, 2012 if demolition and grading on the park site is not "substantially completed."

We must not miss this opportunity to have a wonderful park in the heart of the city of Charlotte. Urge the members of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to do everything they can to support Romare Bearden Park, beginning with the approval of funds to begin work on the Park site.  Furthermore, we encourage the members of Charlotte City Council and the Mayor of Charlotte to do everything possible in support of Romare Bearden Park.

Romare Bearden Park is key to the future of Mecklenburg County for the following reasons:
  • Romare  Bearden Park will contribute to the economy of Mecklenburg County by increasing property values, and therefore, real estate tax receipts.

  • Romare Bearden Park will generate economic activity inside and nearby the park by attracting out-of-county tourists and neighborhood dwellers who will visit the park for activities and events, or just simply want to enjoy the park and its surroundings.

  • Romare Bearden Park will help the families of Third Ward in Mecklenburg County save money by offering free or inexpensive recreation.

  • Romare  Bearden Park will provide health benefits to Mecklenburg County via medical savings realized by residents because of active recreation in the park.

  • Romare Bearden Park will have a significant positive environmental impact on the immediate vicinity of the park: Its trees will help remove carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter from the air. The park will also absorb a substantial amount of rain runoff, thereby reducing the cost of treating stormwater.

  • Romare Bearden Park will have a substantial positive social impact by increasing community cohesion: Parks help residents become acquainted with each other, and efforts to create and care for parks create further community cohesion. This "social capital" can help reduce a city's costs for policing, fire protection and criminal justice.

  • Romare Bearden Park will play a significant role in stress reduction. Research has shown that employers spend $7,500 per employee on stress related issues: The park will serve as a fantastic daily stress reducer for those who work and live in the surrounding area.

  • Romare Bearden Park commemorates the internationally renown artist, Romare Bearden who has created a substantial body of work celebrating Mecklenburg County. The park will acquaint visitors with Bearden and help them remember this illustrious native son of Charlotte. 

  • Romare Bearden Park will be the first true "city park" in Mecklenburg County. Such a new and large scale public park will eventually become the symbolic focus of Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte.

  • Building Romare Bearden Park is simply the right thing to do for the children and adults of Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has voted
to provide funding to begin the construction of Romare Bearden Park!
The Petition and Email Campaign is Closed!