Matthews commissioners approve contract for park plan

Matthews commissioners have approved $28,700 to contract with Stewart, a landscape architecture firm, to create a master park plan for property at N.C. Highway 51 and Phillips Road.

The Matthews Parks and Recreation Master Plan, adopted in 2007, calls for that area to be developed as a park.

The town, in partnership with Mecklenburg County, bought the 95 acres for about $4.2 million several years ago.

Commissioners expect the area to be developed as a mostly passive park, including a greenway, trails and a playground.

As part of the contract, Stewart will conduct a series of public meetings for citizen input, create three design options and provide estimated costs for each.

Though designs should be complete within three months of the contract date – sometime in late summer – town staff says there are no immediate plans to start construction.

“We want to look at what our options are and see how much it will cost,” said Matthews Communications Director Annette Privette Keller. “We want to have a plan in place so that we can begin to allocate the resources we need for development.”

When finalized, public meeting dates and times for park planning will be listed at www.matthewsnc.gov.