Long Creek Phase 1 - I-77 to Dixon Branch Watershed & Stream Improvement

Project is in construction phase.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation are restoring the stream and constructing a greenway trail along Long Creek and Dixon Branch. Because the stream banks are eroding when Long Creek fills with stormwater, most of the trees located at the top of the bank are in decline and thousands of pounds of soil are washed away every year. This soil acts as a pollutant to our waterways and is responsible for destroying aquatic habitat and contaminating drinking water. Fallen trees clog pipes, damage bridges, and exacerbate flooding.  The stream restoration will prevent further soil and tree loss by reshaping the banks and planting thousands of trees and shrubs. A grant received from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund will partially fund the construction of this project. ​​​For more information about the importance of Mecklenburg County’s stream restoration projects, check out these videos.

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is constructing a greenway along Long Creek from I-77 to Primm Rd. You can find further information about the greenway at  Capital Project Updates ( and Active Greenway Projects (


  • Stabilize eroded stream banks
  • Restore the floodplain to its natural state and function
  • Change the stream path to a more natural design
  • Improve habitat for aquatic life
  • Enhance water quality
  • Improve stormwater control measures (SCMs) to reduce pollution ​

Estimated Cost: $2,400,000*

*includes all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, permits, construction, and landscaping.

The project team will manage the project through several phases. Specific work is conducted during each phase and public involvement is emphasized throughout the process. Learn more about project phases.


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PlanningCOMPLETEDJune 2018
DesignCOMPLETEDDecember 2019
PermittingCOMPLETEDMarch 2020
ConstructionIN PROGRESSEstimated December 2021

Project Team

Katie Lloyd

Park Planner

Brian G. Sikes

Project Manager

Aerial of a section of Long Creek.
Long Creek with trees fallen across creek.
Construction along Long Creek Phase 1 project.