Partnering with Neighborhood and
Business Services and with the help of volunteers from various City
departments, the Urban Design team created a one day “pop-up” event at the
former Eastland Mall site. Eastland "days gone by" and Eastland
"days to come” collided in a special fun, free event where people gathered
to reminiscence and imagine new possibilities for the site, as part of the
evolving Eastland story. The event included family fun and activities centered
on the site's history, the local community, and imagining and participating in
the future of Eastland.
The event was regarded as a
tremendous success and was covered by various news outlets:
Find out more about current efforts to redevelop the Eastland Mall site by visiting the City of Charlotte Economic Development division's Eastland Mall web page HERE.
Everyone's creativity and imagination was put to use painting the event's signature logo.
The City's Eastland consulting team surveyed residents about preferences for future use of the site.
Free bicycles were available so riders of all sizes could test the quarter-mile cycle track. Area residents shared their memories of Eastland Mall with historian Tom Hanchett. This event was a perfect setting for area residents to get to know their neighbors. Yes, you can high five a friend at the Eastland Mall, thanks to one of the new Can Do signs.
Artists of all ages helped out. Things sometimes got a little messy.
Several local food trucks participated, offering a variety of tasty treats.
Charlotte Roller Girls spent some time helping the littlest bicyclists navigate the track. Games and activities kept the kids busy. The weather was sunny and warm all afternoon.Lots of families came out to enjoy the day. We all scream for ice cream! Matt Olin and Tim Miner debut the Queen City Quiz Show, pitting the East Side against Wesley Heights.
Each individually created section worked together to make this spectacular multi-colored sun.
Officer Micah Ramsey of
CMPD's Eastway Division rides the cycle track with a new friend.
Charlotte Roller Girls stopped skating long enough to pose for a group photo.Firefighters from
Charlotte Fire Department's Station 42 stopped by for a visit. The Eastland Mall parking lot was once again a busy place, at least for an afternoon. Tim Miner of Queen City Quiz Show gets some feedback from the audience.