One of my family’s favorite weekend activities is going to Sardis Park right after lunch.
If you live in south Charlotte or Matthews, you’ve probably driven past Sardis Park countless times without even noticing it.
It’s right at the border of Charlotte and Matthews, just north of where Pineville-Matthews Road turns into Matthews Township Parkway at the intersection of Sardis Road. Sardis Park is small, as far as area parks go, but it’s also nicely shaded and nowhere near as busy as some of Charlotte’s larger parks.
It’s got a playground area with swings and a gazebo which can be reserved for a modest fee. My favorite thing, though, is the walking path. The kids can play on the playground while the grownups talk and get some exercise taking laps on the path.
The best part is the tall trees throughout the park. It may not be a very big deal in cooler months, but they can be a life-saver in the summertime.
There aren’t many parking spaces, but that’s usually not an issue. The only bathroom is a port-a-john, so you’ll need to remind the kids to go before you leave the house if you plan to be there for a while. Also, it’s a small thing, but they do have a blue recycling container if you bring a drink and need to throw away the bottle or can, which is a nice touch.
Luckily we live in a city with lots of great, well maintained and vibrant parks. If you’re looking for one that’s a little quieter, shadier, or just looking for a change, Sardis Park is tough to beat.
It’s rarely crowded, the kids don’t have to wait in line to use the equipment and it’s convenient to get to.
We love grabbing lunch on Monroe Road or at the Arboretum and stopping off on the way home to get some exercise and let the kids burn off some energy on a Saturday afternoon. I suggest you give it a try.