The Central Avenue, Kilborne Drive and Norland Road area is undergoing a Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) through the City of Charlotte. We will have safer pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between Kilborne Park and Evergreen Nature Preserve, surrounding neighborhoods, and businesses. There are future plans for more East Charlotte connectivity to the Briar Creek Greenway and Commonwealth Avenue into Center City and east on Central Avenue to the Eastland area. This tour will highlight the community's public spaces and areas of economic renewal.
We start our tour at Kilborne Park, a county park, walk to the corner of Kilborne Drive and Central Avenue to view the plans for the future Potter Place Park, a City pocket park, across Central Avenue down Norland Road to Evergreen Nature Preserve, a County Park. From Evergreen Nature Preserve we will connect to Eastway Drive to visit the Eastway Crossing Shopping Center which is undergoing an exciting retail renewal. We will visit some of the independent small business shops to sample the variety. From Eastway Crossing we will cross back over Eastway Drive at Central Avenue and head back to Kilborne Park via Arnold Drive. A safe crossing is needed at Arnold Drive to serve the neighbors on both sides of Eastway Drive.
Kilborne Park is a 51-acre county park lush with wildlife and amenities for those of all ages and interests. Kilborne Drive is the main entry point to the park which limits non-vehicular community access to this large park in an urban community with growing density. This large public park is an amenity for the surrounding community as a place to enjoy the outside spaces, meet friends, and for neighborhood groups to gather. It has a popular 18-hole disc golf course, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic shelter, trails, and playground. Please view the below video of Joseph Phillips, co-owner of Another Round Disc Golf and Tap Room located on 36th Street in NoDa. The first attached picture of the park entrance on 2600 Kilborne Drive shows a non-protected bike lane next to a traveling car. The second attached picture shows the absence of a pedestrian crosswalk. Better non-vehicular connectivity will make this park an even better public space accessible to all.