The Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department operates over 210 parks throughout the county, but none lie within the neighborhood boundary of Mallard Creek-Withrow Downs. However, residents don't have to travel far to experience a wonderful, free-for-use and dog-friendly
park. Mallard Creek Community Park and Recreation Center lies along Johnston-Oehler Road to the northwest of Mallard Creek-Withrow Downs and covers a whopping 310 acres. The grounds here are an athlete's dream and include four softball fields, eight soccer fields, a volleyball court, a playground and a rentable picnic shelter. Mallard Creek Community Park has been deemed an inclusive and therapeutic park because of its wheelchair
and stroller-accessible playground. The adjacent recreation center provides exercise
and wellness programs for community members ranging in age from toddlers to seniors.
Parks throughout the city host a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Charlotte residents head uptown to experience Festival in the Park held at Freedom Park.
During the summer months, Romare Bearden Park hosts Party in the Park, featuring live music every Wednesday evening.