Neighbors Hoping to Save Park in Belmont from Being Turned into Mixed-Use Community
BELMONT, N.C. – Neighbors in Belmont are hoping to save a local park and baseball field that could be torn down to build a mixed-use community.
The city currently leases the land Crescent Park and Frady Field sit on from the property owner.
Wednesday night, the ballpark was abuzz with parents and grandparents cheering as a middle school softball game happened on the diamond.
Nearby, teens and adults alike competed on the basketball court, while kids used the swings on the playground.
“No matter what time of day you come by here, it’s always in use,” says Belmont resident Linda Nelson.
But now the future of the park is in question.
The property on 6th Street is leased by the City of Belmont from a real estate investment company owned by Pharr Mill.
Recently, the company told the city it wants to redevelop the property into a mixed-use community.
“I love seeing growth. But you got to do it right. And by pulling parks out is not the right way,” says Belmont resident Chris Wilson.
Wilson says he grew up playing basketball and other sports at the park.
“Instead of getting rid of parks, I think they need to invest in parks. You know, because our youth, you know, this is our future,” he says.
Signs have started to go up to rally community support.
“Belmont’s a great community and places like this are a draw for people to come, so that they can use the park and have their families come together,” says Belmont resident Andrea Crowley.
For now, the city says it’s still waiting on more details from the property owner. We’re told they haven’t submitted a formal plan yet.
The city says the property would still have to go through a rezoning process before a mixed-use community could be built there.
WCCB Charlotte reached out to the developer but did not hear back.