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Uptown’s Romare Bearden Park: needed, planned, and ready to start

Posted on 15 Apr 2011 by Matt McGlothlin

It’s no secret that Uptown Charlotte lacks green space, specifically a park where people can  lunch, exercise, or relax. Romare Bearden Park has been planned for over 10 years and due to delays construction hasn’t started. The park will be a full city block located at the corner of S. Church and 3rd St. right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.  It will be a signature park for Uptown Charlotte.

The Location

The site as it looks currently

The site as it looks currently via Google Maps

The current site is a parking lot intersected by Poplar St. (parking lots are a familiar scene for Third Ward residents). The Packard Building, adjacent to the site,  is currently vacant but not for long. Dan and Sarah Roselli have plans to transform this building into a central hub for entrepreneurs and investors.  Possibilities for the space include meeting rooms, event facilities, co-working space, lounges and more. Check out more information about the new Packard Place on their Facebook page (I highly recommend watching the video,  Dan’s vision is truly inspiring).

Rendering of future site

Rendering of future site

The Plan

Siteplan for Romare Bearden Park

Siteplan for Romare Bearden Park

The site plan for the park includes areas that reference the work of Romare Bearden, a world reknowned artist born in Charlotte. Much of Romare Bearden’s work focuses on his own memories and how those memories evolved over time. Bearden’s time in Paris influenced his work.  An area of the park  is aptly named “Paris Memory”.

Rendering of The Paris Memory area of the park

Rendering of The Paris Memory area of the park

The Evocative Spine” is the main thoroughfare for the park.

Rendering of The Evocative Spine

Rendering of The Evocative Spine

Madeline’s Garden” will be primarily a cool season garden that will also allow for year-round annual beds.

Madeline's Garden

Rendering of Madeline’s Garden

Other features of the park include Big Moon Green — a large open lawn area, The Formal Oval — an area suffice for small events, Childhood Muse Plaza — a place for children of all ages with interactive water features and public art, and The Baseball Plaza — directly across from the proposed baseball stadium at the corner of Mint St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The Man

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden is recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the 20th century.  His work is currently on display in New York City’s  Michael Rosenfield Gallery to celebrate the centennial of Bearden’s birth. Read a recent article from the NY Times. There is a good biographical post of Bearden’s life on the Romare Bearden Foundation website.

The Future

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation recently asked the Board of County Commissioners for approval to start work on Romare Bearden Park this spring. According to the initial agreement, if demolition and grading  is not completed by October of this year then the original seller has the right to repurchase the land. The time to start demoliton and construction is now.  Partners for Parks and Park and Rec are committed to raising money from the private sector to get more shovels in the ground.  The park has been delayed for 10 years and that’s too long for our city. Charlotte needs a signature park Uptown and the community support is there to make it happen now.  Our voices just need to be heard. Please support Romare Bearden Park and ask the BOCC to approve PayGo funds to start work.  Visit and “Like” the Build Romare Bearden Park Facebook page and follow @rbeardenpark on Twitter to show your support.

The BOCC meets on Tuesday April 19th to discuss the park and again on Tuesday May 3rd. The vote should happen at one of these meetings. Please attend and show your support for a park in Uptown. BOCC meetings take place on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center located at 600 East Fourth Street.


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  2. Emilie 17 Apr 2011 at 9:27 PM

    I love the idea of a park and I will definitely be attending the Meeting to support it on Tuesday.

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  4. Heather 18 Apr 2011 at 7:39 PM

    I think this is a much needed green space in uptown! I’d love to see a dogpark added to the plans! For folks that live & work uptown and have no need for a car? Frazier Park isn’t an option! This would be a perfect solution!

  5. stu 19 Apr 2011 at 1:59 PM

    A dog park would be nice for sure, but can I ask why Frazier Park isn’t an option? It’s a short walk away and is a great park.

    I think another dog park would be better added to the planned 1st ward park, since there’s not one less than a mile from there already.

  6. David Buckle 20 Apr 2011 at 9:56 PM

    is there some space in that building
    to produce stuff AWAY from my tiny

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    Michael Fleming 3 May 2011 at 1:36 PM

    It is great. Has a nice European feel to it.

  8. David Buckle 2 Jun 2011 at 7:58 AM
    hey PP,

    followed you Packard Place. since your initial meeting.
    Please ask Charlie Clayton
    about me, and what the situation is concerning Charlotte’s CAROLINA THEATRE;
    a cause I’ve known about since 1997 ( it’s fight against the wrecking ball.

    The Internet Underground Music’s creator:
    Todd Rundgren could tell you a thing or two about David Buckle; and my insatiable journey to promote things I dig, as can Bob from that radio, (internet) that cool radio is in Seattle, Washington — and that’s where OUR REGGAE BAND, X’s for Eyes, 1991’s Huntsville, TX: “Sam Houston State University’s“
    version is
    experiencing much rotation.

    … _______ … said enough; you think? …___… … ________ …


  9. David Buckle 2 Jun 2011 at 8:00 AM


  10. Ryan L. Sumner 30 Jun 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Charlotte makes such a big deal about it’s connection to Romere Bearden, but his parents were New Yorkers, who seem to have only been here briefly and took him back to New York right after he was born. He never knew Charlotte and says over and over again in biographies that the place had no influence on him or his work. Not to be a wet blanket, but I don’t understand why Charlotte keeps trying to associate themselves with Bearden and keeps spending so much money to do so (the Bearden piece in the library is one example), when the city did not produce or influence him.

    Still, I’ll be happy to have a nice city park uptown.