Third Street Linear Park – Bearden Promenade, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, North Carolina

Third Street Linear Park – Bearden Promenade

Located in Uptown Charlotte, the 425-foot-long, 35-foot-wide 3rd Street Linear Park connects the city's bustling South Tryon Street to Romare Bearden Park in the Third Ward and provides a strong physical and visual connection within the heart of the city. Bolton & Menk facilitated ongoing focus groups and stakeholder workshops and meetings to bring together private and public entities throughout the design process. The park is rich with detailing and custom elements that include prominent entry monument signage, overhead structures to help create a pedestrian feel throughout the space, seat walls for informal seating, and plantings throughout to provide a semi-continuous tree canopy. Outdoor dining for the adjacent restaurant and a coffee shop with a walk-up window were also incorporated and foster a connection between the inside and outside spaces. Pedestrian safety and accessibility were key considerations in the design of Bearden Promenade. The design was intended to inform but also limit the pedestrian movements across Third Street with the use of landscape, hardscape, and street furniture. This park is a component of the award-winning 300 South Tryon Development.

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