A south Charlotte neighborhood board has decided the private Ann Heinig Park will remain closed to sports teams, but new playground equipment will be built on the site and remain open for the public.
Earlier this year, the Ann Heinig Park board discussed allowing the Harris YMCA to use the park for organized soccer teams. In return, the Y would pay for access. The park is in the Mountainbrook community, near Colony and Carmel roads.
Two weeks ago, the board decided not to move forward with the Y proposal, said Frank Barnes, president of the park board. The main concern was that allowing teams on the three-acre fields would prevent children from the entire community from using the park when they wanted to.
Meanwhile, Mountainbrook residents launched a “buy a brick” program and dipped into the association savings.
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Together, they raised about $13,000 for park improvements. The total cost of replacing all the playground equipment is estimated at about $25,000.
Barnes said he expects the new equipment will be installed by October.
To contribute, contact Frank Barnes at 704-553-1413.