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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Waxhaw Master Plan for Downtown Park Approved

Waxhaw Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved phase one and two for the Downtown Central Park Master Plan during the BOC virtual meeting on Tuesday, January 26th. Parks & Recreation Director  Dena Sabinske, presented the proposed concept plan for the Massey/Horton property. Sabinske says, “We are excited to be able to provide a wonderful community space for our citizens. Our Downtown Central Park will provide awesome amenities to our Waxhaw families.”


The approval of the Downtown Park Master Plan includes the following:


  • 8’ sidewalk to David G. Barnes Park
  • Speed table pedestrian crossing
  • Decorative entrance with flagpole
  • On-street parking
  • 40’ x 80’ Multipurpose event pavilion
  • Event lawn (115’ x 160’)
  • Parking (100+)
  • 30’ x 60’ Sport court
  • Overflow event lawn/ program space (50’ x 120’)
  • 30’ wide Promenade (events/programs/farmers market)
  • Overflow performance lawn/ open space
  • Fitness cluster
  • 15’ x 18’ Small shelter
  • Playground (nature themed)
  • Large and family restrooms
  • Interpretative/nature play
  • Interactive stream/water feature
  • Stormwater/planting- pollinator mix - educational area
  • Retaining wall/seat wall
  • Picnic pods 
  • Amphitheater and concrete seating walls (est. 170’ x 110’)
  • Rope bridge
  • Disc golf course
  • 10’ Wide paved walking path with nature play events

Once the results of the Comprehensive Parks Master Plan identified the 9.9 acres of land owned by the town as the top priority to develop into a neighborhood park, the current board took action and approved the project to move forward to planning. 

On November 21, 2020, staff hosted a public engagement session for the public, Waxhaw BOC, and Parks, Cultural and Recreation Board. Staff distributed a survey to solicit feedback on the Downtown Park Master Plan, which presented the top park elements and amenities: open shelters, walking paths, family swings, nature and natural areas, water features, and restrooms. On January 15, 2021, Staff hosted a final public engagement session at the McDonald House.

The unanimous approval of the proposed plan means the park project can officially move into the construction planning phase. Construction of the park is anticipated to begin Fall 2021.  The Town of Waxhaw intends to apply for grant funding to assist with the development of the first phase of the Downtown Park. 

Updates on the Downtown Park and Master Park Plan can be found on the town’s website.


Learn more about the Downtown Park plan at: 



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