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3 mayors back park bond

Mayors of three Mecklenburg County towns have endorsed the $250 million park and recreation bond package proposed for the November ballot.

Mayors Lee Myers of Matthews, Ted Biggers of Mint Hill and George Fowler of Pineville have sent a letter of support to Mecklenburg County commissioners, saying several projects included in the proposed package would benefit residents of their eastern and southern Mecklenburg communities.

“We need parks, greenways, nature areas and ball fields in this part of the county,” Myers said.

One of the biggest projects in the bond package, for $25 million, would build the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, near U.S. 74 and Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

“As everyone knows, we have thousands of young people and adults who participate in both organized and unorganized sports,” Biggers said. “We need centrally located facilities, so that they will continue to be physically active and not be discouraged by having to travel to inconvenient locations in the county.”

“We encourage our citizens to vote for the bond package in November,” Fowler added.

Other projects in the bond proposal that would be in or near the three towns are the Stevens Creek Nature Preserve ($7.2 million); Irvins Creek Greenway ($2.535 million); McAlpine Creek Greenway ($1.267 million); Pineville Community Park ($3.6 million); and Ezell Farms Community Park ($3.6 million).