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Park perk: Will Jetton be free?

It looks like Cornelius commissioners will officially ask Mecklenburg County to eliminate entrance fees at Jetton Park. The resolution mirrors a motion adopted last month by the town’s Parks Arts Recreation & Culture Department board. Among the hundreds of parks run by the county, Jetton Park is the only park other than Ramsey Creek, where an entrance fee is collected.

“Visitation of Jetton Park should be encouraged, as it provides a nearby convenient alternative for Ramsey Creek Park visitors when that park has reached capacity. County staff also report that nearly 80 percent are Mecklenburg County citizens,” the resolution states.

No swimming allowed at Jetton Park

No swimming allowed at Jetton Park

Overcrowding at Ramsey Creek Park, where the new county beach is located, could be alleviated by eliminating the entrance fee at Jetton Park. With or without fees at Jetton, there are no plans right now to open any of its beaches to public swimming.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the town board is expected to declare Thursday June 15 as Mama Lu Day in Cornelius in honor of Lula Bell Houston’s 94th birthday. Ms. Houston is a lifelong Cornelius resident and has been a vibrant part of the town. The meeting begins at 7pm in Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.