Prosperity Village debuts new open space

Gregg Watkins
Gregg.Watkins@ci.charlotte.nc.us
11/4/2019
Prosperity Village debuts new open space

Prosperity Village residents and neighbors have a new outdoor space in which to gather and celebrate their vibrant north Charlotte community. The City of Charlotte and the Prosperity Village Area Association debuted The Green at Prosperity Village on Saturday with a grand opening and neighborhood party.

The 1.36-acre outdoor space at the intersection of Benfield and Johnston-Oehler roads is open for recreation, education and community events. The Green at Prosperity Village was originally brought to the city’s attention as a potential placemaking project during Stitch Together CLT, a free mentorship and community-building program the city held over six months in 2017 and 2018.

“Participants from the very active Prosperity Village Area Association have used Docia Crossing for community events, but they really wanted and needed a civic open space,” said Erin Chantry, principal planner and urban designer with the city’s Department of Planning, Design and The Green ProsperityDevelopment.

The city’s Placemaking Program uses urban design and other tools to transform underutilized or overlooked public spaces into welcoming areas that reflect the surrounding community and its people. The Green at Prosperity Village is one of seven projects through the city’s CLT 250 Placemaking Program to debut in 2019 and exemplifies how quick action can implement a community vision and improve quality of life.

“This one acre of leftover right-of-way and city-owned property was the perfect place for us to build our first open space through the Placemaking Program. It was a win-win all around.” Chantry said.

To further enhance its placemaking efforts, the City of Charlotte encourages residents to come to the table, contribute ideas, lead projects and work together to accomplish public space goals. Visit charlottenc.gov/placemaking to learn more about tools and opportunities available to help bring ideas to life.