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Little Sugar Creek - Charlottetowne Ave to Pearl Park Way (Midtown)

Stream Restoration and Greenway Trail

Nature is thriving in an urban environment. The newly-restored Little Sugar Creek is hugged by an inviting greenway trail. It’s a peaceful oasis near the glass and steel heartbeat of Charlotte’s center city. 

Stream work completed: 2009
In 2007, Storm Water Services ripped up and removed 1100 linear feet of concrete, culverts and parking lots that covered the creek. 
Stream Restoration
Removing the cap showed just how neglected this stretch of Little Sugar Creek had become.
Transforming the ugly duckling into a showcase swan included:

  • Adding meandering turns to reduce bank erosion
  • Creating deeper pools and shallow rocky sections to support aquatic life
  • Reshaping banks
  • Removing concrete and weeds from banks and adding lush, native vegetation 

Final project mailer (March 2012)

 Little Sugar Creek with Skyline after a thunderstorm

2006 - Covered by a parking lot
2006 - Covered by a parking lot
2009 - Cap is gone and stream path is restored
2009 - Cap is gone and stream path is restored

Cost of Stream Work: $899,000

Sources of Funding:

NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund: $320,000

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services fees: $579,000


Project Schedule:

Planning and Design: 2007 
LandDesign, Inc.

Construction (2007 through 2009)
United Construction—Stream work
TK Browne—Greenway
   Stream Restoration—
2007 through 2009
   Greenway—2008 and 2009

Project Managers:

Crystal Taylor, P.E.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Gwen Cook
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation