By Leah Schmalz
Cabarrus County officials presented plans for Phase 1 of Rob Wallace Park at a work session Tuesday night in Midland.
Planning for the 190-acre park has resumed after budget cuts last summer reallocated funding and stalled the project.
The county’s recent acquisition of land allows for a park entrance off of Bethel School Road and work is already underway.
Deputy County Manager Jonathan Marshall said the county is exploring a public-private venture to drive the cost of the park. “Taxpayers won’t pay the initial bill,” he said. “It will be driven by users. With that said, there will be plenty of free amenities in this park and it will be a huge asset to this area.”
Paddleboat rentals and an aerial adventure park are some of the proposed amenities that would generate funds to support the park. Additionally, the county has roughly $1 million set aside for Phase 1 and plans to apply for a $350,000 grant from the state. […]