Wow. I’m jealous.
My wife and two kids and I have recently discovered Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews. If you’ve driven up Monroe Road and seen that wooden walkway that disappears into the woods after you cross under 485, that connects to Squirrel Lake Park, the main entrance of which is accessed off Pleasant Plains Road.
I am so impressed with this place and it’s our new go-to park (over Frances Beatty Park) for bringing the kids with bikes and stroller.
There’s a frisbee golf course, a fishing pond, a brand new playground area, sparkling new bathrooms, beautiful arched wood and stone picnic areas and miles of wide, flat patches through tranquil nature areas. We love it!
And as I leave Indian Trail to drive over there I lament that we don’t have such a park here. But we’re moving in the right direction. As many know, when I ran for town council last November, funding and creation of a large park and bike lanes were among my top priorities. These things add value and appeal to a community, create draw and promote family and healthy living.
What a job Mecklenburg County, Matthews and its involved citizens did at creating a stunning example of a modern, multi-faceted greenspace to their town. It pleases me that there’s a lot of buzz at Indian Trail council meetings lately about reviving the issue that was (sadly) rejected by voters in November — that of issuing bonds to pay for park development and expansion. I hope all of our citizens will get behind this, show their support and push for our town to have as fantastic a park amenity as our neighbors across the line have.