Legion Park

21214 Legion Street
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Legion Park is a seven-acre facility located near the heart of old town Cornelius and features an historic marker and bench beside the old spring (Spring Street). The marker highlights the historic significance of the spring, which was once a source of water for the town. It was also an early encampment site for Revolutionary War soldiers. 

Hours
Dawn to dusk for unlighted facilities; dawn to 11 p.m. for lighted facilities

Features
  • Baseball / Softball Field
  • Batting Cage
  • Grill
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Walking Trails
Interested in reserving a field or shelter?  Visit our Rental Information page.

Legion Park Improvements

In 2021, the stormwater drain under Legion Park's baseball field collapsed. The old steel pipes and timber headwall were over 25 years old and could no longer convey stormwater through the park given the growth of the downtown area over the years. Legion Park is a meeting point for stormwater from over 35 acres of Cornelius stretching from Downtown to Osito's Tacos on Main Street. After an extensive study of the area to determine the best solution, the first phase of Legion Park improvements began in 2023, and a new system has now been installed that significantly increases capacity and will be able to accommodate any additional development in the downtown area. As part of the project, we also created a permanent pond to hold stormwater surge and for park patrons to enjoy. 

As the first phase nears completion Parks and Recreation is ready to move onto the next phase this summer. Park staff will be renovating and preparing to reopen the baseball field as well as adding a new batting cage. The field is scheduled to open for regular use in the fall of 2024. We will also be planting trees and other plants around the new pond to provide shade, provide more suitable aquatic habitat, and make the pond area more aesthetically pleasing. 

Saving the best for last, as part of the recently adopted FY25 budget, we are planning and preparing to construct a brand new playground! The existing playground is over 25 years old, which has begun to make maintenance more difficult. The current playground also does not meet ADA standards. The new playground will be ADA accessible. We are considering moving the playground closer to the existing shelter and bathroom building as well as the existing accessible parking lot on Spring Street. Moving the playground to this part of the park would also allow for natural shade cover under the park's canopy of trees. We will also be making other park improvements, such as replacing benches and trash cans and resurfacing portions of the park's trails.

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