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$2M facelift for Bryant Park

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

As one of the oldest parks in Mecklenburg County, Bryant Park didn't get a lot of maintenance. 

Now the Park -  that was built in the 1930's - is about to get a facelift.

Officials with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation say they have an estimated $2-to-3 million worth of improvements planned for Bryant Park.

The Park is surrounded by Morehead Street, Freedom Drive and Wilkinson Boulevard. This part of West Charlotte has been undergoing a revitalization.

Development plans are in place for a gas station, a dunkin donuts and an entertainment complex near that same corner.

County officials say they want to make sure Bryant Park is in step with the resurgence of the area.

"We've seen anytime we make an improvement on a park, anytime they've been development going on around it, the park always become a catalyst for change" says Leo Jones of Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. "So we see it as an opportunity to be catalyst for positive change that's why we're going to do it now."

A big attraction will be a skate plaza. 

Right now, there is only one skate park in Charlotte. County officials say they recognize there's a demand for another one.

Jones says "we' ve seen a lot of interest, people using plazas, abandoned building parking lots for skating. We thought it would be nice to have a dedicated amenity."

In addition to the skate plaza, Parks and Recreation officials say they'll repair the crumbling stone wall. County officials says they're planning an amphitheater to hold events. The stone wall restoration will probably be the first phase of the renovations that will start before the end of the year.

The ball field is going to be re-done. The green way will be extended from the Park to Freedom Drive, and to Wilkinson Boulevard, and out into the Wesley Heights neighborhood.

Jones says a public/private partnership is forming to raise money to pay for the improvements. 

He says he anticipates donations will likely cover 35% to 50% of the cost.

The Wesley Heights Community Association is looking to form a group to help raise money.

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