About the Myers Park Neighborhood
Myers Park is Charlotte’s premiere neighborhood and a destination full of beauty and charm. As the city’s first planned suburb, it was shaped by the advent of the streetcar. Its Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival architecture – as well as century-old, majestic oak trees and wide, curving boulevards – make it unforgettable.
After inheriting 306 acres of farmland from his father in 1869, John Spring Myers planted rows of trees along Providence Road as well as flowers and shrubs in his front yard. Soon, locals began calling the land Myers Park. A real estate and banking mogul named George Stephens bought the land from Myers and developed the neighborhood with the help of esteemed landscape architect John Nolen in 1911. Trained at Harvard University under Fredric Law Olmstead, Nolen also designed Central Park in New York City and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
In today’s Myers Park, shops like Bruce Julian Clothier, Charlotte’s and Magnolia Emporium are delightful places to spend a rainy afternoon, as is the Myers Park Branch Library. For a night out, take in a play at Theatre Charlotte. By day, stop by Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary. The oasis is rich in Southern plant life and serves as a habitat for 150 different bird species.
Things To Do In Myers Park
Discover nature at the 98-acre Freedom Park, a sweeping park in Myers Park and Dilworth that boasts a lake, walking paths, picnic areas, a playground, sports fields and basketball and tennis courts. Right next door, Discovery Place Nature offers exhibits about animals and plants in the Piedmont region. Hit the trails at Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which follows the creek through Myers Park, connecting it north to Uptown and south to Park Road Shopping Center. The greenway will eventually cover 19 miles from the University City area to the South Carolina state line.
Cyclists will love working out on “Booty Loop,” a 2.85-mile route circling around Queens Road that is also home to the 24 Hours of Booty charity event, which raises funds for the local cancer community. Meanwhile, golf fans can join Myers Park Country Club then hit the greens to play 18 holes.
Restaurants & Pubs In Myers Park
There are many dishes to sample at the restaurants in Myers Park, including chicken and waffles at Napa on Providence, mouthwatering Italian manicotti at Stagioni or pork belly burritos at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila. Cooking a meal for friends and family is simple as well after a quick run to Myers Park’s two-story Harris Teeter or Reid’s Fine Foods for groceries. After dinner, partake in a “transfusion” – or mixed drink – at one of the great bars in Myers Park, Selwyn Pub, or sample wine and chocolate at Petit Philippe.
Heading to class is a snap for young learners as Myers Park High School, Alexander Graham Middle School and Selwyn Elementary School are located on a central campus. The littlest scholars can attend daycare at Providence Road KinderCare. Queens University, a private liberal arts university founded in 1857, also holds a special place at the center of the neighborhood.