Catawba Park

Located on the Catawba River, immediately below the Hydro-electric facility on Lake Wylie, the 61-acre Catawba Park will be a regional destination point once completed.  

Catawba Park is envisioned to be a premier active and passive recreation facility serving from around the region.  Central to the design and operation of the proposed facility will be practices/techniques incorporated to make Catawba Park an environmentally friendly, energy efficient facility. 

Catawba Park will be located on New Gray Rock Road and will house  baseball/softball fields, multi-purpose fields, walking trails, Catawba River access, playgrounds, open space and picnic shelters. This park is being made possible thanks to partnerships between the City, Duke Energy and Clear Springs. 


n 2013, Council voted to transfer $320,000 from General Fund reserves to a Catawba Park reserve fund which brought the account balance to $327,193.20.  As per the Gardendale Development Agreement, Drake Capital deposited $246,000 with the City bringing the total of Catawba Park funds to $573,193.20.  The City also transferred monies received from the Stonecrest Development Agreement ($223,379.61) and Hospitality Tax funds ($400,000) into the account bringing the total balance readily available for Catawba Park is $1,196,572.80.   As this is estimated as a $12 million facility, additional funding will be sought after through naming rights, grants and public funds in order to complete the park


On December 21, 2015, representatives from Campco Engineering presented the site plan for Catawba Park to Council.  During this meeting, the City Manager requested that Council authorize proceeding forward with construction documents for the city owned 10-acre parcel. Council requested that the City Manager provide a scope of work and not to exceed price. At the January 19, 2016, meeting, City Manager Funderburk presented the scope of work and a not to exceed price of $465,000 which will include developing designs and construction documents for the baseball/softball complex on 9.4 acres (currently owned by the City) as well as preliminary engineering design for 39 acres owned by Duke Energy. The full scope can be viewed here. The City anticipates soliciting bids for construction in fall of 2016 with a ground breaking for the park in early 2017..
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