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Parks plan on tap for Uptown, South End

With the Uptown and South End populations expected to drastically climb in the next few years, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation thinks now is the right time to plan amenities and parks for the area.

About 25 people attended a Sept. 18 parks workshop and offered ideas ranging from creating a pond to adding more outdoor markets to establishing more greenery in the city.

The most common request was to make the city more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

The department aims to submit an official plan by the end of 2008. Implementation of the plan, Director Jim Garges said, depends on the $250 million bond issue, which will go before voters in November.

There will be another workshop 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Trinity Episcopal School, 750 E. Ninth St. You can also e-mail ideas to Mike Cozza at