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New park goal of two

On a typical day, Ivy Runyan enjoys taking her two sons, Ethan and Eric to the park.
But instead of staying in the east Lincoln area, Runyan is finding herself having to drive elsewhere.
“We are always driving to Huntersville, Cornelius and even Charlotte,” Runyan said.
The lack of playgrounds in the area has motivated Runyan to do something about it.
With help from her friend, Andrea Greene, who also has two sons, the two women plan on making a playground for children in the area a reality.
“It would be fun to have a playground with a theme maybe like the one in Gastonia, where the theme is a castle,” Runyan said.
Greene agrees the need for a playground in the area is large.
“Every time we want to go to a park we have to drive 10 minutes away,” Greene said. “It’s just not real convenient.”
Steps have already been taken by contacting Sylvia Holmes, a Westport resident and a member of the Lincoln County Recreation Commission, and Erma Deen Hoyle, who is with the Lincoln County Recreation Department.
Runyan and Greene plan on submitting a letter to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Parks and Recreation to present their standpoint.
Several options have already been discussed as to where to put a potential playground such as the Beattys Ford Access area off Unity Church Road and a piece of land located off N.C. 73 going towards Huntersville. There is also a possibility for a park at the East Lincoln Community Center.
Runyan already has some playground equipment to use which was donated by the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.
Runyan and Greene plan on attending the next Lincoln County Recreation Department meeting to voice their plan.
In order to make the park a reality, Runyan said they hope to organize some fund-rasiers in the future.
For more information or to get involved contact Runyan at runyans@charter.net.
by Amy Wadsworth

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