Above and below photographs are from an event held at Independence Park, circa 1906-07. Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room
Not only is Independence Park the oldest public park in Charlotte, but it has also served as the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood. The perfect outdoor space for family picnics and community festivities, Independence Park was designed in 1905 by John Nolen, a landscape architect and comprehensive planner of national acclaim. An alumnus of the School of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, Nolen’s designs for Independence Park earned him his first commission upon graduation from school.
Independence Park has experienced enormous change since its creation in 1905-06. However, through the years it has remained a meeting spot for neighbors and friends. With it’s curvilinear design, the park cannot help but be welcoming to pedestrians. With tons of green space, a rose garden, and the Lillian Arhelger Memorial… this park is a little bit of heaven in our bustling city. The park’s elevation is lower than the street and surrounding area, giving it a more secluded feel, which is great!