Discussions about a park for Lake Wylie continue, but the time frame seems to put it in the future. We ought to continue the push for a park at Crowders Creek — but how about a short-term solution?
We have a rare asset in Nanny’s Mountain. It’s historic, going back to the Revolutionary War when iron ore was mined on its slopes for weapons and cooking utensils. It’s a good hike, topping out at 1,000 feet above sea level. Other facilities there are useful — such as a pavilion and picnic tables.
However, the hiking trail to Nanny’s Mountain would be more useful to families if there were toilet facilities. For the present there is no need for restrooms. The urgent need is for portable toilets; perhaps chemical toilets would work well.
A much-used greenway park in Charlotte uses portable toilets to good advantage. A gravel road to the summit of Nanny’s Mountain makes a close approach for service vehicles.
As things stand, young children will find a way in the underbrush that rings the summit. But, that isn’t a sanitary solution, nor a solution for everyone.
Just because Lake Wylie is not incorporated doesn’t mean that it hasn’t reached the status of a town in terms of its population and traffic count — and its need for services. It’s time to make available the amenities of a town of 8,000 people.