CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Looking for a new place to take a walk? The grand opening of the Flat Branch Nature Preserve was held Wednesday near Ballantyne.

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Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chair Ella B. Scarborough, Park and Recreation Deputy Director Michael Kirschman and Nature Preserves Division Director Chris Matthews spoke at the ceremony.

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The recreation area at 11833 Tom Short Road was built with a small parking lot, a shelter with bathrooms and a 0.45 mile natural surface trail with a boardwalk.

Photo: Mecklenburg County

With the addition of the Flat Branch Nature Preserve, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation now manages more than 7,600 acres of nature preserves.