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The Green Featured in N&O’s Best-Kept Secrets

ColeJenest & Stone Project, The Green was featured in the News & Observer’s North Carolina’s Best-Kept Secrets article.

13. Mecklenburg County

The Green, Charlotte

There are hundreds of jewels in the crown of the Queen City. But perhaps the most deeply embedded gem is The Green, a serene acre and a half in the 400 block of South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. Called a “pocket park,” it opened in 2002 with a literary theme. The grass is lush; you can doff your shoes, even sunbathe. Kids love the tall, sculptured fish around the fountains. Tables, chairs, stools and low walls are decorated with whimsical public art. Two huge sculptures celebrate literary giants: Whitman, Haley, Bronte, Emerson. And directional signs point to distant towns whose names form tributes to great writers – such as Alice (Texas, 1,273 miles) and Walker (Arizona, 2,058 miles). You may stumble on a wedding, a reception, an improv performance or, in summer, a Shakespeare in the Park production. Art museums (Mint, Bechtler, Gantt) and the Knight Theater are a short stroll. Restaurants and shops abound. You can park underneath; it’s $3 for the first half-hour and $2 for every half-hour after that. Or take the Lynx light-rail Blue Line, get off at Third Street and walk toward the Duke Energy tower.

Learn more about North Carolina’s best-kept secrets here.

The Green Charlotte NC
The Green Charlotte NC
The Green Charlotte NC


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