Proposed Athletic Park
The Town is currently planning and designing a new Athletic Park which will be located across the street from the existing Mint Hill Athletic Association on Brief Road. A consultant (Wirth & Associates) has been contracted by the Town to provide master planning and development of construction plans. A separate consultant (Edifice, Inc.) has been selected to build the Park using the Construction Manager at Risk ("CM at Risk" or "CMR") method. The intent of this park is to provide as much active field space for sports to alleviate some of the growing demand for sports fields in our Town. The project will also include all supporting infrastructure for this type of a park, such as: parking, restrooms, concession stand, picnic space, a playground, and a walking path.
(project sign at the proposed location on Brief Road, across from MHAA)
The park is proposed to include the following amenities:
- Two natural turf multi-sport fields (120 yards x 75 yards, equivalent to a full-size soccer field)
- One synthetic turf multi-sport field (120 yards x 75 yards) with lighting
- A full-size baseball field with lighting (approx. 400' to centerfield) and accompanying 750 seat stadium (including seating, concessions, bathrooms, and picnic shelters)
- A playground
- A walking path (approximately ¾ mile in length)
- Open passive recreation space
- Approximately 300 parking spaces
(architect's rending of the baseball stadium plaza entrance)
Details of how the facilities will be programmed and/or rented out are not yet available.
Additionally, the project will include improvements to Brief Road (such as turn lanes and a pedestrian crosswalk) to improve the safety of what can be a busy area between the privately-owned Mint Hill Athletic Association and this new Park.
The Park will likely open in a phased manner since natural turf fields are a part of the site and they need time to establish a strong and healthy root system. The amenities that don't require a "growing in" will open as soon as construction is complete. This includes the synthetic turf multi-sport field, the playground, the walking trail, the parking lot, and the bathrooms and concessions facilities.
(proposed Athletic Park master plan)
The proposed Athletic Park was submitted for grant funding by the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). While the project was not selected for funding via the PARTF program, it was chosen to receive a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant of $167,439.
The project team is currently preparing the construction documents for the Park. Construction documents generally include the construction plans, specifications (i.e. the fine details of the amenities), permits, bid documents, final tweaks and adjustments to the site plan, and other paperwork that ultimately supports the physical construction of the Park. This phase is followed immediately by the bidding process, which then leads to construction. A firm date for beginning construction is not yet known, but is anticipated to begin sometime in the summer of 2017. Construction is estimated to last approximately 9 months. As soon as specific dates are finalized and committed to, they will be shared here on this website.