Public Swimming

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Mecklenburg County hasn’t had a public beach in about 40 years. So when the new beach at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius opened two weeks ago, there was a lot of pent up demand.

So many people showed up Memorial Day weekend that traffic jammed nearby streets and hundreds were turned away.  Neighbors complained.  So county park officials will meet with neighbors Thursday to talk about how they're responding. 

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

  A new beach is scheduled to open around Memorial Day on Lake Norman in Cornelius. It will be the first public swimming beach in a Mecklenburg County park in about 40 years, and it may not be the last.

Here’s an update on a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago, about plans for a public swimming beach on Lake Norman, at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. It now appears that the new beach may not be open in Summer 2014, as originally reported.

Commissioner Karen Bentley said Tuesday that Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation officials have told her it could be 2016 before a swimming area is open at Ramsey Creek Park, though she says even that is a “fluid date. ”