Our neighborhood park is tucked away in the heart of Country Club Heights, bordered by Airlie Street, Jeff Street and Hilliard Drive. The park offers a playground area, gazebo, sand volleyball court, tennis court, along with several picnic areas and benches to enjoy the view.
Neighbors continue to convert the lower third of the 3-acre Shamrock Park site from a “wasteland”, heavily overgrown with exotic invasive plants, into a demonstration garden for native plants and wildlife-friendly landscaping. The area includes a small creek that collects water from springs, as well as runoff from streets.
On the advice of neighbor and UNC Charlotte botanist, Dr. Larry Mellichamp, a native plant garden has been constructed in the lightly wooded area to demonstrate the advantages of using native shrubs, herbaceous plants, and ground covers in landscaping. Plantings of both woodland and prairie/meadow specimens include dozens of species donated by the UNCC Botanical Garden, the neighborhood association, and neighbors, in addition to plants rescued by association members from development sites.