MATTHEWS – Residents around Rice Road will be able to enjoy the first stages of Rice Park.
The Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 18 for Rice Park, located at 2540 Rice Road.
The park opened earlier this year. Parks and Recreation Director Corey King said the development of the park adds to what the town envisions for the future.
“This is just continuing to work toward the Matthews standard and fulfilling what the citizens expect,” King said.
King said the park was envisioned in the town’s 2007 master plan. The department worked with the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and received a grant to buy the property in 2012.
He said the area surrounding the park was underserved from a parks and recreation perspective.
Now that the first phase of the project is complete, the department plans to add picnic shelters, more structures and road improvements.
King said many residents were concerned about the number of trees removed for the project, but after construction, many trees still remain.
“It still remains heavily wooded,” King said. “It’s expected to be mainly pedestrian and bike traffic. That’s why we limited the size of the park. It truly is for the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and it’s going to be an awesome park.”