Ramsey Creek Park

Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners adopted a $1.6 billion budget Tuesday in a 6-2 vote. The budget won't increase property taxes, but it does include an increase in compensation for county commissioners.

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Mecklenburg County will offer a free shuttle bus to the new Ramsey Creek beach on Lake Norman beginning Saturday, to ease parking and traffic congestion.

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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. 

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Updated Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The first public beach on the Mecklenburg County side of Lake Norman is on schedule to open this weekend, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.  That's after state and county officials reached a compromise to use local police for temporary traffic control near the park.

Marine Commission Backs Ramsey Creek Swimming Beach

Jun 11, 2014
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Lake Norman Marine Commissioners on Monday unanimously endorsed to Mecklenburg County’s plans to construct a public swimming beach at Ramsey Creek Park. County officials at the meeting said the project still needs state and federal approval, but that it’s on track for summer 2016 opening – if not sooner.


Mecklenburg County is lifting its 30-year ban on public swimming at Lake Norman - possibly by the summer of 2015.

Currently only people with boats or lakefront property have access to swim. A series of drowning deaths in the 1970's prompted the swimming ban.

"Over the past few years there's been a lot of growing requests and need and recognition that 'Yes, we need to have public swimming on our lakes,'" says Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Deputy Director Michael Kirschman. "We have three major lakes - all in Mecklenburg County - with no public swimming facilities."