Enhancing Quality of Life through Recreation Planning

The Town of Stallings (pop. 13,831) is located in Union County, NC, 15 miles southeast of Charlotte.  With continual growth pressure from the bourgeoning Charlotte Metro Area, the Town is projected to experience a 45% growth in population by the year 2040.  

To ensure orderly growth and enhance quality of life for current and future residents, DbD worked with the Town to develop a master plan for a parks and greenway trail system that preserves open space and focuses on facility connectivity.  

The Stallings Recreation and Greenway Master Plan casts a vision for a recreation facility system that emphasizes passive parks along an interconnected greenway network, leveraging linear open space to improve facility connectivity.  This planning document will help position the Town to leverage grant funding and new development to create new recreation infrastructure.

Read the Plan

The Green Infrastructure Guide 

As part of a broader planning effort by the Town that included a Land Use Master Plan and multiple Small Area Plans, the Connect Stallings Recreation and Greenway Master Plan serves as a guiding document for the provision of open space, parks, and greenways as the Town continues to grow.

The plan casts a vision to develop passive recreation infrastructure, increase connectivity, and enhance community wellness and quality of life while maximizing project grant funding opportunities.

An Interconnected Greenway Network

Leveraging Surrounding Facilities

To best meet local recreation needs, DbD designed passive parks that compliment, rather than duplicate, existing and surrounding facilities. An interconnected greenway network links these facilities, effectively creating a linear park and open space system that weaves between existing and future development.

Effectively Engaging the Community

The DbD team led a robust public engagement strategy that included a public kick-off meeting, Home Owners Association meetings, and a public meeting for final plan review.  A Council-appointed steering committee led the planning process and guided final plan outcomes.