Get acquainted with all Ballantyne has to offer by learning about our parks below. Our well-maintained parks are open to all and provide a convenient and inviting setting to enjoy natural spaces. Also, visit the recreation and leisure page under things to do for more great activities. Please visit our Park Reservations page to reserve one of the parks!
Explore Ballantyne’s Backyard, south Charlotte’s newest community park.
Usage guidelines: Ballantyne parks are open for your enjoyment. For your safety, please avoid using playground equipment, seating areas, art sculptures or other tangible park features. All visitors are required to observe the CDC’s recommended social distancing guideline of six feet or more.
Completed pre 1996
The four corner monuments were erected at the hand of Johnny Harris to draw attention to the future site of Ballantyne. The art on the 30 foot clay monuments was sculpted by Yugoslav artist, Boris Tomic, and pay tribute to Charlotte’s roots: finance, human spirit, transportation and technology.
Completed March 2001
In Honor of Emily and John Crawford. Good friends. He, a great sportsman, and she, a most creative woman. Crawford Pond has a walking trail overlooking the pond and seating at four patio tables with umbrellas for peaceful retreats.
Completed December 2006
May the serenity of this park add daily to the lives of those who live and work here. Dedicated to Edgar and Louise Cullman. Great friends and contributors to the good of all. This park is adorned with two classic red wooden benches, three patio tables with chairs and umbrella shading, a peaceful waterfall with two heron statues, a charming bridge over Cullman Pond, water fountain, grill and winding flights of steps. Catch and release fishing is permitted.
Completed September 2009
Dalton Green is located between the Boyle and Harris buildings in the beautiful 10-story courtyard.8 patio tables with chairs and umbrellas surround the putting green, which makes the perfect spot to have lunch or read a book! Dalton Green also has putters and balls in the putter caddy for your convenience. The putter caddy is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please bring your own putters and balls to practice after hours (no chipping or heels please).
Dalton Green was named after Harry Lee Dalton. Harry Dalton was born in Winston, North Carolina on June 13, 1895 to Corine McCanless and Rufus I. Dalton. A graduate of Trinity College (now Duke University), he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I. At the end of the war Dalton entered the textile business as a salesman, and this experience led to his service as a textile adviser with the War Production Board during World War II. Dalton had a successful career in banking and finance and served as an officer and investor in numerous companies, including American Viscose Corporation, American Credit Corporation and Wachovia Bank. His other business interests included investments in oil extraction ventures, mainly through the Ancora Corporation.
Along with his wife, Mary Keesler, Dalton collected art, rare books, and manuscripts. He made many contributions to art museums and libraries, most notably the Duke University Library, the Mint Museum and the library of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dalton passed away in Charlotte on July 26, 1990.
Located in the wooded area off Ballantyne Corporate Place and behind Ballantyne Three, the Fit Trail is a free amenity for all to use. The trail is made from crushed recycled concrete material topped with limestone, known to be easier on joints. There is approximately 2,000 feet of the crushed rock on the path, roughly three quarters of a mile round trip. There is also a bike rack at this park.
The Fit Trail provides a balanced program of total fitness conditioning for all ages and sizes. It’s fun and it’s free! Exercise stations along the trail provide fully illustrated instructions on how to use each apparatus. The routine has been carefully designed to include exercises for flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength training and muscle endurance. By jogging or briskly walking through the system and performing the exercise routine, you are getting a well-balanced conditioning program.
Fit Trail Stations:
Named after Robert J. Hawkins, “a lifetime given to the grounding of others in the basics of the English language.”
Completed September 2004
In honor of Joseph M. Hixon & George C. Hixon. Good friends- environment a priority; philanthropy a byword. Hixon Pond includes two patio tables with umbrellas and chairs for picnics, a grill for cooking out, and a fountain.
Completed March 2006
In honor of James M. Horton, M.D. A masterful, meticulous and caring professional. Horton Park includes 2 grills for cooking out, a patio sitting area with 4 tables with chairs overlooking the pond and a fountain
Completed September 2007
A pond for the young and the young at heart, Kid Pond includes a boardwalk for catch-and-release fishing, a walking trail and two fountains. The fishing dock has three convenient wood benches and there is a dog waste receptacle on site.
Completed June 2003
In honor of Terry Knotts, an original member of the Ballantyne development team responsible for the entire infrastructure master plan for Ballantyne. Knotts Green, a USGA standard putting surface, is centered outside the Chandler, Hixon and Simmons buildings. The putting green is outfitted with a cart full of putters and balls for tenants and visitors to use at their discretion from 8am-6pm Monday – Friday. Surrounding the green are two patio tables with chairs and umbrellas as well as four benches. The green is also free to use on the weekends. (No chipping or heels, please.)
Completed February 2011
In honor the late Margaret (Peggy) Oseland Kosonen. Born at Kew Gardens, NY in 1943, Peggy came to Charlotte in 2001 and served at the Blumenthal Cancer Center, Carolinas Medical Center, working as an oncology certified nurse. Peggy was a dear friend of “Smoky” Bissell and the late Sara Bissell. A plaque at the park reads, “A life of giving. A good friend, caregiver extraordinaire, who made life fuller for all.” Kosonen park includes benches and raven sculptures by artist Peter Woytuk as a central gathering place for the Irby, Hayes and Calhoun buildings.
Completed February 2017
Legacy Park was developed in February 2017 as a celebration of the contributions of Smoky Bissell, founder of The Bissell Companies Inc., and his wife, Margaret. Driven by the inspirational leadership of Mr. Bissell, the organization developed most of Ballantyne, one of the Southeast’s largest and most successful mixed-use communities. Legacy Park is open to the community.
Completed February 2005
The three enormous 2,000-pound bronze bulls in Our Park were transported by truck from New Mexico, through uptown Charlotte, to Ballantyne. The pieces were adopted by “Smoky” Bissell from lauded animal sculptor, Peter Woytuk, to clearly exemplify Bissell’s enthusiasm for the future. A plaque resting at the foot of the bulls reads, “Bullish on our families. Bullish on our work. Bullish on our country. Add value in all you do.” Our Park is a dog-friendly park which includes a swing set, two benches, three picnic tables with umbrellas and a wide open grassy area.
Completed May 2005
In Honor of Rose and Bailey Patrick, who gave a strong voice in the land use at Ballantyne. The Patricks are great friends of the Bissell family. Charlotte is a better place because of them. The park includes six patio tables with chairs and umbrellas, a gazebo, a grill and pathways adorned with beautiful flowers and shrubbery.
Completed May 2011
Named after Northwood Office Executive Vice President, Tom Pizzo, Pizzo Park provides a great space to host team-building events.