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Mecklenburg County Parks

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216

Phone: 704-336-3854

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Mecklenburg County Park and RecMecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2008, the population was 902,803. Its county seat is Charlotte. It is the most populous county in the state.

History

Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County. It was named for the German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818) from the German state of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of King George III the previous year. She is also the eponym of Mecklenburg County's county seat and largest city, Charlotte.

In 1768 the part of Mecklenburg County west of the Catawba River became Tryon County. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was allegedly signed on May 20, 1775; if the document is indeed genuine, Mecklenburg County was the first part of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain. 

In 1792 the northeastern part of Mecklenburg County became Cabarrus County. Finally, in 1842 the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County was combined with the western part of Anson County to become Union County.

James Knox Polk, the eleventh President of the United States, was born here in 1795 in what is now Pineville.

Mecklenburg County Parks

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 16,500 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Parks in Mecklenburg County come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small neighborhood parks to large district parks.

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