Park Master Plans

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June 17, 2011

The new Recreation and Sports Complex was officially dedicated with several hundred in attendance. Paved Walking Tracks, Picnic Shelter,Playground and Horse Shoes were opened to the public. The 3 multipurpose athletic fields will open in the spring of 2012.

October 2010

Grading began for the Recreation and Sports Complex

January 2010

The City of Shelby hired Woolpert for the site design and construction administration and then JD Goodrum, Co., Inc as the general contractor for the project.

December 4, 2009

The City of Shelby received Requests for Qualifications from over a dozen firms expressing interest in performing site evaluation; planning and design services; and bidding and construction services for Phase 1 – Shelby City Park Enhancement Project. A firm will be selected near the first of the new year.

October 5, 2009

City Council formally accepts $500,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant and unanimously approves matching funds for Phase 1- City Park Enhancement Project

February 2, 2009

City of Shelby submits application to the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund requesting $500,000 for phase one of the master plan.

August 3, 2008

Shelby City Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2008 Parks and Recreation 10-Year Comprehensive Master Plan.

Resolution Adopting Master Plan

Complete Comprehensive Master Plan Document
Table of Contents
Map 1 - Existing Facilities
Map 2 - Community Needs
Map 3 - Park Service Areas
Shelby City Park Site Plan
Holly Oak Park Site Plan
Hanna Property Site Plan
Easy to follow narrative of the 10-year plan. Includes all phases, years and parks.

February 19, 2008

The last of 4 public meetings regarding the Parks and Recreational Master Plan and Site Plans was held February 19, 2008. The plans are a culmination of several hundred citizen surveys, public input and needs assessment. Using this information, the over-sight steering committee along with City staff and the consultants will put together the preliminary recommendations and proposed conceptual site plans.

March 6, 2008

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan Oversight Committee met with the consultants to go over a final draft of the master plan and site specific plans for City Park, Holly Oak Park and the Hanna Property. After discussing the plans, the committee unanimously agreed to endorse the plan as presented.

Major land donation made to the City of Shelby for Parks and Recreation

March 20, 2007

City Manager Rick Howell announced today that the Shelby City Council formally accepted a generous property donation from Mr. Boyce Hanna and family at its March 19, 2007 regular meeting. The property consists of over 85 acres located on McBrayer Springs Road just north of Shelby. The Hanna family stipulated the land be used only for parks and recreational purposes. Charlie Holtzclaw, Parks and Recreation Director, stated “We have been in discussions with Mr. and Mrs. Hanna for some time and are honored they chose the City of Shelby as the beneficiary of this important gift. We would also like to thank Mr. Gene Matheney for his help initiating discussions.”

This marks the second major land gift made to the City for recreation in the past 3 years. In 2004, the Royster family donated 55acres of land at City Park. According to Holtzclaw the properties offer “tremendous opportunities for future recreational activities for all of the citizens and are well suited for just about any kind of recreational facilities and venues”. Mayor Ted Alexander commented “The City is fortunate to have citizens, like Mr. And Mrs. Boyce Hanna, who are interested in providing recreational opportunities for the people of Shelby. The future recreational needs of our citizens are significant and this gift starts us down the road to meeting them.”

City council approves parks and recreation master plan steering committee

June 4, 2007

Shelby City Council approved a steering committee for a new system wide recreation master plan which will include all existing park facilities and grounds as well as the recently donated Royster and Hanna properties. The committee will render suggestions and advise to McGill and Associates who are the site and master plan consultants.

Steering Committee Members

  • Chris Mabry, City Council liaison to Recreation Advisory Board 2008
  • Larry Ware, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chairman 2007
  • Allen Langley, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Member
  • Johnny Hatcher, Youth Council Chairman
  • Bill McCarter, Cleveland County Planning Director
  • Ed Yarboro, Cleveland County Soccer Association
  • Jay Bridges, Youth Baseball Advocate and Coach
  • Sally Royster, Cleveland County Tennis Association
  • Mike Boatwright, Royster Golf Course Advocate and Player
  • Chuck Dellinger, Gastonia Parks and Recreation Director
  • Walter Scharer, City of Shelby Planning Services Director
  • Charlie Holtzclaw, City of Shelby Parks and Recreation Director

August 8, 2007

The Recreation Master Plan Oversight Committee held its first meeting August 8 at City Park. Members had a chance to give input for the survey drafted by McGill Associates of Hickory, NC. Next comes getting the surveys to the citizens and scheduling public meetings. Stay Tuned!

September 27, 2007

Master Plan Community Workshops were held Tuesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM at Shelby City Park Gymnasium. Over 60 people participated by listing their opinions on future programs and facilities for recreation.