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Upper Little Sugar Creek Watershed
Location description: Central Charlotte

A unique creek: Birthplace of Charlotte. The first official resident of what is now Charlotte built his homestead in the Upper Little Sugar Creek watershed. In about 1755, Thomas Spratt built a cabin at what is now the corner of Caswell and Randolph Roads. His home also served as Mecklenburg County’s first courthouse in 1763.

Name game: Little Sugar Creek is often confused with Sugar Creek. Parts of the two watersheds are side by side, with Sugar Creek to the west and Little Sugar Creek to the east.

Approximate square miles of land: 19.30 square miles

Estimated population of this watershed:

1990

2000

2010

57,508

59,069

60,973


Drains into: Lower Little Sugar Creek / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Upper Little Sugar Creek, Briar Creek, Dairy Branch, Derita Branch, Little Hope Creek, Little Hope Tributary

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 30.989 miles

Impaired streams: Entire length of Upper Little Sugar Creek

Reason for impairment: Turbidity, copper, lack of diversity of aquatic insects, lack of fish-species diversity, fecal coliform and mercury

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 381 buildings are located in the FEMA no build zone

Land use: 
Upper Little Sugar Creek vicinity map

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

5.7%

3.8%

51.0%

5.2%

16.1%

16.1%

0.1%

2.0%


Landmarks: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Bank of America Corporate Center, Spirit Square, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts, Levine Museum of the New South, ImaginOn, Time Warner Cable Arena, McGill Rose Garden, Charlotte Convention Center, Mecklenburg Aquatic Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Presbyterian Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, Junction of I-277 and Independence Boulevard, Grady Cole Center, Memorial Stadium, Park Road Shopping Center

Zip codes: 28202, 28203, 28204, 28205, 28206, 28207, 28209, 28210, 28213, 28217, 28269

Upper Little Sugar Creek at the Bluementhal
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is in the Upper Little Sugar Creek Watershed


Larger neighborhoods: Hidden Valley, NoDa, Belmont, First Ward, Second Ward, Cherry, Elizabeth, eastern Dilworth, Myers Park west of Selwyn Avenue, South End, Ashbrook

Colleges: CPCC-Central Campus, Queens University, Pfeiffer University

Schools:

Name

Address

Highland Renaissance Academy

125 W Craighead Rd

Hidden Valley Elementary

5100 Snow  White Ln

Highland Mill Montessori Elementary

3201 Clemson Av

Villa Heights Elementary

800 Everett Pl

First Ward Elementary

715 N Caldwell

Park Rd Montessori Elementary

3701 Haven Dr

Myers Park Traditional Elementary

2132 Radcliffe Av

Pinewood Elementary

805 Seneca Pl

Collinswood Elementary

4000 Applegate Rd

Sedgefield Elementary

715 Hartford Ave

Elizabeth Traditional Elementary

1601 Park Dr

Performance Learning Center High

1400 N Graham St

Sedgefield Middle

2700 Dorchester Pl

Hawthorne Alternative High (Midwood TAPS)

1411 Hawthorne Ln

Martin Luther King Jr Middle

500 Bilmark Ave

Metro School

405 S Davidson St

Tryon Hills Pre-K

2600 Grimes St

Piedmont Open IB Middle

1241 E Tenth St

Sugar Creek Charter

4101 N Tryon St

Crossroads Charter High

5500 N Tryon St

Dilworth Elementary

405 E Park Av

Community Charter School

510 South Torrence St

Morgan School

700 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

 

Large public parks/greenways:

Name

Address

ALEXANDER NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

739 E 12TH ST

AQUATIC CENTER

800 E 2ND ST

BAXTER STREET NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1000 BAXTER ST

CHARLES AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

800 CHARLES AVE

CLEMSON AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

3028 CLEMSON AVE

COLLINS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

4500 APPLEGATE RD

COLONIAL NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

219 PROVIDENCE RD

CORDELIA COMMUNITY PARK

2100 N DAVIDSON ST

DERITA COMMUNITY PARK

3509 FREW RD

EB MOORE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

901 MARSH RD

EDGEHILL NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

812 S EDGEHILL RD

FREEDOM REGIONAL PARK

2435 CUMBERLAND AV

FIRST WARD CENTER

610 E 7TH ST

GRADY COLE CENTER

310 N KINGS DR

HAWTHORNE CENTER

345 HAWTHORNE LN

HOWIE ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1001 TREMBETH DR

INDEPENDENCE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

300 HAWTHORNE LN

LATTA CENTER

510 EAST PARK AV

LATTA COMMUNITY PARK

601 EAST PARK AV

LITTLE PEOPLES NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1120 HARRILL ST

MARION DIEHL CENTER

2219 TYVOLA RD

MARION DIEHL COMMUNITY PARK

2219 TYVOLA RD

MEMORIAL STADIUM COMPLEX

310 N KINGS DR

CHERRY NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1509 BAXTER ST

FREEDOM PARK NATURE MUSEUM

1658 STERLING RD

NORTH CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

901 HERRIN AV

PEARLE STREET NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1108 BAXTER ST

PROGRESS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1301 PARKWOOD AV

SEDGEFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

621 ELMHURST RD

TOM SYKES CENTER

1501 EUCLID AV

ST MARYS CHAPEL

1129 E 3RD ST

ST PAULS RAY OF HOPE CENTER

1401 ALLEN ST

SUGAW CREEK CENTER

943 W SUGAR CREEK RD

SUGAW CREEK COMMUNITY PARK

939 W SUGAR CREEK RD

THOMPSON NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1129 E 3RD ST

TRYON HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

220 W 30TH ST

MARSHALL NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

800 EAST 3RD ST

 

Name

Status

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Proposed

 

Storm Water Services projects to improve water quality in this watershed:

        
        Little Sugar Creek - Master Plan (multiple projects)
        Pilot BMP - Park Road Shopping Center
 

Storm Water Services floodplain buyouts in this watershed

Upper Little Sugar Creek Watershed map


Familiar sites in the Upper Little Sugar Creek Watershed:

Little Sugar Creek at Midtown 
Little Sugar Creek at Midtown

Little Hope Creek
Little Hope Creek

                            

Bank of America Corporate Center
Bank of America
Corporate Center

                 

Aerial of Little Sugar Creek and skyline
Upper Little Sugar
Creek Watershed
 

Time Warner Cable Arena
Time Warner Cable Arena 

Charlotte skyline as seen from Upper Little Sugar Creek Watershed
Charlotte skyline as seen from Upper
Little Sugar Creek Watershed