State grant supports Mooresville’s investment in Liberty Park upgrade

The amphitheater and lawn at Mooresville’s Liberty Park opened last summer. Phase II of the park’s revitalization landed a grant earlier this month. /Lee Sullivan

MOORESVILLE – The next phase of a prioritized town amenity upgrade has received a boost from the state.

Early this week, town officials announced that Mooresville’s Parks and Recreation Department had recently received a $500,000 grant to assist with the continued revitalization of Liberty Park.

The MPRD was awarded the maximum grant amount by the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, a statewide program that helps local governments reach their park and public access goals in order to improve the quality of life in their communities.   

Phase II of the park’s revitalization will include a three-tier playground, interactive fountain, picnic shelter, greenway connection to Center Avenue, new restrooms and concession stand, and a covered basketball court that may also be used for events like the seasonal farmers’ market.

The town’s board of commissioners recently awarded a $7.9 million contract to J.D. Goodrum Company to complete the construction and renovation. The grant, an offset to taxpayer funding, will help with the construction costs of the interactive fountain and the playground.  

Phase I of Liberty Park was completed in 2020 and includes a 1,400-square-foot band shell, an event lawn, lighting, walking paths, a Veterans Promenade, public art and new pedestrian connectivity to Church Street. Last summer, public concerts began at the park and the facility has also been a host site for other events, including the downtown area’s Christmas celebration. 

“Liberty Park has served as the catalyst for downtown development in Mooresville,” said Parks and Recreation Director Pam Reidy. “When developers began to see the board’s vision and commitment for a beautiful urban park in downtown, they recognized its value, too, and things really began to take off. With the completion of Phase II, residents will have a beautiful space to gather, to have fun and to feel connected to the community.”

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