A lot more land could be set aside for future parks and greenways thanks to a big boost in funding from the Mecklenburg County Commission. Commissioners voted last month to give the Park and Recreation department $50 million to acquire land for future parks, greenways and nature preserves over the next 12 months.
The advocacy group Sustain Charlotte also hopes the Park and Recreation department will use the money to connect more of the county's segmented greenway system.
"We have a patchwork of greenways when what we really want is a network," said the group's founder and executive director, Shannon Binns, "So looking at those gaps but also doing it in a way that makes sure this investment is spread around the community in a way that benefits everyone."
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