Ramsey Creek Beach is one of the few public access locations on Lake Norman. The beach just opened this year summer and has gotten a lot of attention both from the public and media outlets. Around 20 million was spent on constructing the new beach and parking area. The beach has been set to a 500 person capacity with around 130 parking spots available to beach goers. The cost is $3 for Mecklenburg residents and $5 for non-residents.
Hearing about the beach capacity and parking limitations, one might think there is no way we are fighting the crowd. Well, that was not the case on grand opening Memorial Day Weekend. Families from all over the Charlotte and Lake Norman flocked to the beach in hopes to be 1 of the 500 to enjoy the beautiful weather and water of Lake Norman. This made for a hectic experience for not only beach goers but for the local businesses and residents. Given the relatively limited parking at the Ramsey Creek Beach, people had to park anywhere they could find and walk considerable distances to the beach. Only to be turned away because the beach was over crowded and past capacity.
Recently, CATS public transportation has started offering a free shuttle from Northcross Park and Ride lot in Huntersville at, 17126 Northcross Drive. The shuttle is available for beach goers on weekends and holidays. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 9 am – 8 pm. Those who use the shuttle will have free access to the Ramsey Creek Beach. This has helped out tremendously to calm the tension in Cornelius, NC where the beach is located.
As a local resident with children, I am hopeful the crowds will die down as the excitement wears off. However, we can’t be too hopeful because the Ramsey Creek Beach is one of very few public access locations on Lake Norman. We will see what the future hold for those of us that do not live on the shores of Lake Norman.
Happy Summer everyone!
Beth Sterner is a Real Estate Agent and Realtor® in Mooresville, North Carolina. Beth practices real estate in Mooresville, Troutman, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
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