Park at Beaty Street Task Force

Please e-mail input to the Park at Beaty Street Task Force,

Last Public Input Session for Park at Beaty Street Rescheduled

New Date: Feb. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

The Beaty Street Conceptual Plan Task Force has rescheduled its final public input session to Feb. 19 (previously scheduled for Jan. 14) to ensure information from engineering and hydrologic studies on the pond/dam and the property be available to Task Force and the public. The session will include a presentation from the Task Force and a Q&A period.

The Task Force held more than a dozen diverse public input opportunities last year, including two surveys, two public input sessions, nine guided hikes, a back-to-school event at Gethsemane church, a Kids Draw-a-Park and an info booth at the Davidson Farmers’ Market, and an idea wall at Town Hall and on Pinterest.

The Task Force has carefully considered all input to date and has identified most popular features consistent with the Task Force’s charge to “sponsor public forums to solicit community input and identify park and recreation needs along with ancillary public amenities in keeping with the natural, park-like setting and the natural tree canopy.”

Major property elements that may influence the Task Force’s recommendations focus on the viability and feasibility of the pond/dam, the ecological benefits of the pond versus wetlands, and the water flow/stormwater management on the property.

The Town of Davidson engaged Kimley Horn, an engineering firm, to provide a geotechnical assessment of the dam integrity and dam maintenance costs, water quality assessments and a hydrologic analysis of water flow on the property. The engineering study will provide necessary information the Task Force needs to arrive at a recommendation. The study is expected to be completed by mid-January.

Results of the study, along with a schematic of a proposed park design based on public input to date and Task Force research, will be available at the last public input session on Feb. 19.

Hydrology Study
Hydrology Study can be viewed here.

Draft Conceptual Plans
Option 1 can be viewed here. It shows a small pavilion and a small restroom building.
Option 2 can be viewed here. includes the small pavilion; the restroom building is gone. A small building for gatherings and public use space has been added (restrooms would be in this building). 

We are hearing feedback that citizens are interested in some type of small building that could be used for gatherings. We’d like your thoughts.

Land Survey
Land Survey can be viewed here.

Surveys are now closed. 
Survey #1 results can be viewed here.
Survey #2 results can be viewed here.

Overview of Work 
Overview of work can be viewed here.

Land Considerations 
Conservation Easement Q&A can be viewed here.

Earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Davidson voted to preserve nearly 20 acres along Beaty Street for a park in keeping with the natural setting of the property. The property is bordered on its west side by Beaty Street, across from the Ingersoll Rand area. On its east side it is bordered by the railroad that runs behind homes along Main Street.

The property is home to hardwoods and is primarily made up of tree canopy. Numerous plant and animal species make their home in this wooded treasure. 

A citizen Task Force has been charged with soliciting input from Davidson citizens to identify park and recreation needs along with ancillary public amenities in keeping with the natural, park-like setting of the property.

The group is also charged with the following:

• Sponsor public forums to solicit community input and identify recreational needs

• Identify and evaluate all assets on-site

• Investigate park and recreation elements needed, including walking trails and other amenities

• Consider ancillary uses as appropriate, respecting historic character of surrounding parcels

• Develop planning level cost estimates for the various options to help in setting priorities and developing financing plans

• Evaluate each option on the basis of capital and operational costs, potential impacts on the natural environment, potential revenues, recreational needs and effect on programs

• Meet with the Davidson Board of Commissioners for review and comment before making final recommendations

• Make recommendations for the consideration of the Davidson Board of Commissioners

The designation of this land as a park, its proximity to the heart of town and the opportunity for Davidson citizens to provide input on how to shape this beautiful natural resource for current and future generations presents our town with a public space treasure in a region where open space and tree canopy are quickly disappearing.


Public Meeting Notice: The Park at Beaty Street Task Force meeting will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The first Wednesday meeting will be held in the Davidson Town Hall Board Room and the third Wednesday meeting location will be determined prior to each meeting, please log on to Novus Agenda to find out the location.  All meetings are open to the public. 

To review documents regarding the Beaty Street Property click here.

The Park at Beaty Task Force
Ellyn Baeszler
Denise Beall - Chair
Leah Chester-Davis
Dave Cable - Vice Chair
Heidi Dietrich
Gary Fagan
Frank Farina
Janet Makee
Bill Maloney
Karen Manfredi
Gabriel Schoen - Communications Chair
Alice Sudduth

For more information, or to send comments/suggestions regarding the site, please contact the Park at Beaty Street Task Force at