Indian Trail’s new Crooked Creek Park opened earlier this month to rave reviews.
The 140-acre park, at 5900 Oakwood Lane near Sardis Elementary School and Unionville-Indian Trail Road, offers such amenities as a destination playground, walking and bike trails, a reservable picnic shelter, and four softball/baseball fields. When finished, the playground will feature several one-of-a-kind elements such as a zip line, a reproduced “fallen tree” climbing structure tunnel and a tree house structure with a bridge connecting the two tree structures.
A 2-acre Dog Park at Crooked Creek Park is set to open this summer with separate areas for large and small dogs.
The town received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation grant for $4,500 to create healthy food options at Crooked Creek Park’s concession stand. Thanks to the grant, they were able to purchase equipment to make smoothies and grilled items instead of the usual fried food and ice cream.
“There is no other park in either Union County or Mecklenburg County that offers such facilities,” said Jason Tryon, Indian Trail’s assistant director of Parks and Recreation.
Tryon said the ball fields are almost fully booked seven days a week by local teams of all ages.
A Miracle Field and playground, both specially designed for children with disabilities, also will be built on the site. Town Manager Joe Fivas said a residents group is raising funds for that portion of the park project and the town will partner with them to make the dream a reality in the next two years.
The $4.5 million park was paid for with a portion of the $8 million in park bonds approved several years ago by Indian Trail voters.
“The park was voted on as a bond referendum by the people of Indian Trail so that their children could have a place to play safely and there would be a place to bring the community together. We have gotten a lot of good feedback on the park already. Residents love it,” said Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez.
Two more park phases are still in the planning stages and could include a splash pad, disc golf course, more fields, and additional walking trails.
Fivas said while fun is a big part of the equation, the parks and the recreational opportunities they offer serve several other purposes.
“Parks and recreation help raise the quality of life, which helps stabilize and keep property values as high as possible. We are also dedicated to having healthy activities for all our residents to enjoy,” Fivas said.
Crooked Creek Park joins the 11/2 acre-Crossing Paths Park, and the 51-acre Chestnut Square Park which opened last fall. That park includes tennis and volleyball courts.
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Hours for all Indian Trail parks are sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Athletic fields are open later. For information visit www.indiantrail.org select departments, then park and recreation.