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The Green, Charlotte

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#8 of 10 in Outdoors in Charlotte
The Green is a one and a half acre park at 400 South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. At one end of this so-called pocket park are the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art; at the other end is the Charlotte Convention Center. Next to it stands Charlotte's historic St. Peter's Catholic Church. The Green is the site of various public events, such as movie screenings and free plays, including summer performances by the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival. This park is frequently the site of public art and sculpture, including three giant computer-timed fish fountains, a popular feature with children in the summer. Mosaic benches and stools are tucked away in shady side paths. Five large sculptures by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle stood in The Green from January through October 2011.The park has an overall theme of world literature. Prominent among the permanent sculptures are large bronze representations of books from the canon of world literature, for example, Roots by Alex Haley. There are quotes by famous writers and many whimsical direction signs pointing to real places but combined to form the name of well-known authors, for example, signs pointing to Edgar (Wisconsin), Allan (Saskatchewan), and Poe (Alberta). Other signposts point to cities named Charlotte around the world.
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  • There’s not a lot of things to do in Charlotte although it’s a big city but you should go and walk, and enjoy the good bars and restaurants.  more »
  • If you are walking around town, you should make a point to stop here and walk thru this little greenway/park. Pretty landscaping and lots of unique details!  more »
  • There's not so much place, but lots of things to do and points of interest, so definitely worth visiting.  more »
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  • I love this little paradise in the downtown area of Charlotte. The literary theme with it's pages of books scattered around the scenery is such a great idea for stimulating the imaginations of the young and lends a nice quality to the visit for adults too. A beautiful slice of nature in amongst the tall buildings I hope they add more of the green spaces to the city to help break up the concrete and steel.
  • Park...lined with restaurants and offices...it's pretty. Spaces to sit. It was a pretty quiet weekend when I was there. Decorated with quirky art and kitsch poetry written on sculptures. Breaks up the monotony of downtown - I wouldn't make a special trip to see it or anything.
  • It's listed as a tourist destination. Ufff... It's nothing but a mini garden in downtown. It's lined up with a number of restaurants and eateries. Nothing fancy about this little park. The fish structure was not functioning . The seats were pretty dirty . However, if you are in downtown and want to just sit and relax, then you might want to check this place out. The good thing is that this park is located in the vincinity of a lot of the attractions in downtown making it easily accessible .
  • Nice park but the city should referb the literary art pieces. They are a plus but in need of repair. Don't take them out though, many go to this park wanting to experience these displays.
  • Beautiful park. I went with my sister. We both loved it.

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