Meeting called to discuss traffic at Lake Norman’s new swimming beach

Amid complaints from residents about increased traffic, government officials have scheduled a community meeting next week to discuss the swimming beach that opened Memorial Day weekend at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius.

The beach on Lake Norman is the first at a Mecklenburg County-run park since the late 1970s.

So many families showed up from across the Charlotte area Saturday that Park Manager Chris Hunter estimated 150 to 200 cars had to be turned around. Workers first urged them to shop at local businesses and check back in an hour, when spaces would free up, he said.

Many families instead parked in business lots on West Catawba Avenue and walked the third of a mile down Nantz Road to the park.

Officials have scheduled the community meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Cornelius Town Hall community room, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Officials from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the town of Cornelius and the Cornelius Police Department will discuss beach operations and the planned installation of a traffic signal at Nantz and West Catawba, according to the meeting notice distributed by the town via email Friday morning.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak