Out & About - Freedom Park
Out & About is an occasional series of stories that highlight the best Charlotte has to offer in arts and culture, shopping and dining, entertainment and sports.
By Whitney Combs
Often dubbed the "Central Park" of Charlotte, Freedom Park is located minutes from Queens University of Charlotte between historic neighborhoods Myers Park and Dilworth. It provides a picturesque paradise of bright, green grass and a Carolina-blue sky just minutes from Uptown.
Comprised of 98 acres, Freedom Park boasts hiking trails, scenic walkways and eight athletic fields. The park also offers baseball and soccer fields, volleyball courts and well-lit tennis courts. In addition, it's suited for cycling, jogging or walking along the stretches adjacent to Sugar Creek or the park's beloved duck pond. On warm days, dozens of people are often found lying on blankets soaking in the sun, picnicking, napping or studying amidst the serene environment along the seven-acre lake.
Freedom Park is also known for Festival in the Park, its hugely successful five-day festival in September, designed to promote and stimulate interest in the arts. The festival has attracted more than 85,000 visitors each year since 1964 and has brought hundreds of talented musicians and artists to Charlotte.
The main entrance to Freedom Park is located at 1900 East Blvd., a few streets past Cumberland Avenue.
Visit the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation website for driving directions, contacts and more information about Freedom Park.