ColeJenest & Stone was honored to attend the 10th Annual Partners for Parks event Friday, during which First Ward Park received the Project Recognition Award. ColeJenest & Stone is passionate about park and greenway design and dedicated to a set of strong guiding principles developed over the past 30 years. We believe successful public park design is an economic-driver that creates destinations as well as positive transitions to every surrounding land use.
Partners for Parks’ mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the surrounding region. This aim is achieved by preserving, promoting and enhancing the parks, greenways, open spaces, active play, and recreational opportunities within the community.
Completed in the spring of 2016, First Ward Park, in Charlotte, N.C. features a large open central lawn flanked by two public fountains. First Ward park is encircled by nearly a quarter mile of walking paths that wind through a variety of public-use park spaces. The park also accommodates a summer concert series and offers a natural respite from the park’s urban backdrop home to the University of North Carolina Charlotte Center City, First Ward Elementary School, and ImagineON. First Ward Park is easily accessible by all, surrounded by restaurants and offices, and benefits from an existing on-site light rail station.
We are thankful for our partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, The City of Charlotte, Levine Properties, Shadley Associates, and all other team members who worked hard to create such an important asset for our city. We are proud to have completed this project that will be enjoyed by Charlotte’s residents and visitors in the years to come.