Indian Trail parks are on the horizon

Nov. 16, 2012 @ 06:50 PM

The Indian Trail Town Council will soon begin planning the two new parks made possible by a bond referendum passed last week.

The council should begin discussing the parks in December or January, Town Manager Joe Fivas said.

"The process overall will be to work collaboratively with the council and community members to make sure we're comfortable with the direction we're going," Fivas said.

Once there is a clear picture of what town residents want in their parks, the town will begin planning and engineering the parks.

"We'll really drill down to what kind of materials we want to use and the appearance and architecture we want," Fivas said.

Indian Trail already owns the two parcels that will become the new parks.

The first is a 51-acre plot, future home of Chestnut Park, lies just behind the town's new administration building, according to conceptual drawings found on the town's website. Chestnut Park will be bisected by Indian Trail-Matthews Road, and feature a community center with playgrounds, walking trails, parking and a public works annex. The signature playground/pond area includes a water feature, picnic shelters, dog park, fitness station, tennis courts and a disc golf course. The multi-purpose area features synthetic sports fields and host the new location of Carolina Courts.

The 104-acre plot, future home of Sardis Park, is on the eastern side of Highway 74, off Sardis Church Road. Early conceptual drawings show a park with a passive recreation area with nature trails, splash pad, fishing pond, disc golf course, two dog parks, picnic shelters and an outdoor classroom. Plans also include baseball and soccer complexes.

When construction is ready to being, the council will vote to sell bonds. The debt to construct the parks would be covered by funds in the town's capital projects fund, created this summer with a 4 cent tax increase passed with the 2012-2013 budget.

Fivas said the town council ultimately decides when work begins. Last week, Councilman Christopher King said that constuction might begin in summer of 2013.