Photo: Glenn Burkins/QCity Metro

Thomas Polk Park, located at the corner of Trade Street and Tryon Street, is getting a new look and a new name, according to this week’s city council meeting agenda.

The Polk Partnership Framework will work with Charlotte Center City Partners and civic leaders to complete the park’s redesign. 

According to the meeting agenda, the city will contribute approximately $350,000 to the park’s demolition. Plans to redesign the park have been years in the making as the city tried to find a funding partner. 

Photo: Gleen Burkins/QCity Metro

The renovated park would fix issues such as an overgrown landscape, lack of adequate lighting and an inoperable water feature.

It is currently unknown what Thomas Polk Park’s new name will be. 

Four-year terms?

Screenshot from city council committee meeting on Jan. 3

City officials will hear from the public tonight on whether or not to change the terms of the Mayor and Councilmembers from two years to four years, adding another district and staggering election terms. 

A month ago, the city voted to “adopt a resolution of intent” to make term changes. According to a Jan. 3 committee meeting, the council must decide by Aug. 28, 70 days before Nov. 7, the next election date allowed by law. 

Social Districts and Other updates

Friends enjoying drinks outdoors. (Photo:

City Council will also share updates on social districts. Updates could include responses on whether Plaza Midwood and other areas will be approved as social districts.

Other items on tonight’s agenda include updates on SAFE Charlotte and CATS. 

In response to rising crime rates, the city introduced the SAFE Charlotte initiative, a program to re-imagine policing and make the city safer. 

The CATS update comes days after the announcement that CATS Chief Operating Officer Allen Smith was placed on administrative leave without pay. 

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Thomas Polk served in the confederacy. Polk, who died in 1794, was a military officer in the continental army.

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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