Queens Park

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An iconic park for our world-class city

Every world-class city has an iconic park that reflects the heart and soul of that city.
Our parks serve an important public function by nurturing our physical and mental health; providing ample space and opportunity for our communities to connect; and by making our cities greener and more livable. Now more than ever, urban parks are a critical component of community infrastructure. 
Imagine what a true centerpiece park will mean for Charlotte. Mecklenburg County’s parks rank near last in the United States: 95th out of 100 major metropolitan areas. With your support, we aim to improve that in a bold way.  We are asking for community support to get behind this initiative to help us work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Norfolk Southern to make this dream a reality. 

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Queen's Park would be a transformation of Charlotte from a growing regional city, to a leading national city. The park makes Charlotte more livable for residents, more accomodating to culture and our communities, and more attractive to people and businesses seeking to move here.

Our vision is to convert the dormant railyard north of Uptown into an open verdant park. Norfolk Southern owns this land and has moved most of its operations to a new intermodal facilty by CLT airport. 

The Park will accommodate amenities such as a flexible great lawn, a cultural/arts area, and a natural area with a pond, biodiverse native plants, flowers, and varied trees.

The Vision

The vision and renderings are a collaboration of renowned professionals in development, urban design, and architecture who volunteered their time.
Friends of Queen's Park would like to thank its partners at Flywheel Group, Stantec, Odell, and The Agency Marketing Group who helped visually depict this dream for Charlotte’s future.
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Park Benefits

Queens park would benefit the following sectors:
Culture & Identity
A space for recreation, arts & music festivals. Creating a natural soul for our city.
Inclusivity & Community
 Connecting neighborhoods & people with equal access for the enrichment of all.
Quality of Life
Achieving economic growth while enhancing the enviroment and health.

By The Numbers:


of Charlotte’s land is used for parks and recreation. The national average is 15%.


is spent per resident on Charlotte parks. The national average is $90.


of Charlotte residents live within walking distance to a park. The national average is 54%

The Plan

Our vision includes converting an underutilized railyard into greenspace for all who live in and visit Charlotte to share. Situated at the intersection of the Cross-Charlotte Trail, the Lynx Blue Line, the Rail Trail, and North Tryon Street.
Read More about The Plan
  • Central Park - New York City
  • Millennium Park - Chicago
  • Piedmont Park - Atlanta
  • Golden Gate Park - San Francisco

Measuring Up

Every large city in America has at least one iconic urban park. The closest thing Charlotte has is 96-acre Freedom Park. Queen’s Park would be roughly twice that size and be more centrally located. For perspective, the proposed Queen’s Park would measure about a quarter the size of New York’s massive Central Park, 40% of the size of uptown Charlotte, and large enough to house around 20 Bank of America stadiums.

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