CHARLOTTE – Northwood Office announced the opening of Ballantyne's Backyard, a new community park on its former golf course.

The opening of Ballantyne's Backyard coincided with Northwood Office's inaugural Markets at 11, an open-air market series, on May 8. Markets at 11 features more than 40 small business vendors, live music, food, beer and other family-friendly activities. The event occurs on the second Saturday of each month.

“We're excited to provide a unique place for our customers and the greater Charlotte community to connect with nature, support local and be inspired,” said Hailey Rorie, community relations director for Northwood Office. “Our team has already been hard at work activating Ballantyne's Backyard with monthly markets and weekly fitness classes, and we look forward to creating more meaningful experiences throughout the year.”

Ballantyne's Backyard features over 100 acres of green space with miles of running and walking trails, rolling hills and fishing ponds. The park is nestled between existing office buildings on the east side of Northwood's Ballantyne property and accessible from the main entrance off North Community House Road.

Ballantyne's Backyard is home to various wildlife species and will soon produce honey from its first collection of beehives.

“Transforming this green space into a community park is the first step toward a more walkable and inclusive environment,” said John Barton, president of Northwood Office. “As we evolve toward a mixed-use destination through Ballantyne Reimagined, we recognize that our natural space is unparalleled, and we want to make sure it's accessible to everyone.”

The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. Visit goBallantyne.com for details on community events and park guidelines.

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