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First Ward Park

301 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Category: Recreation
Award: Best New Park - 2016
Year Won: 2016
Pick: Editor's Pick

Workers with power tools are renovating the brick building next door, and orange cones block off the nearby light-rail tracks. But amid all the construction in a booming uptown, we made room for some grass and sunlight. There’s a giant water fountain behind UNC Charlotte Center City’s Brevard Street building, and at the opposite end of the park, near ImaginOn, stone boulders and animal-shaped sculptures sit for kids to climb on.