Huntersville is a growing town of over 60,000 people in Northern Mecklenburg County. Located just south of Lake Norman, Huntersville is one of the fastest-growing communities in the Charlotte area.
Incorporated in 1873, Huntersville was named after Robert B. Hunter. Hunter was a local landowner and cotton farmer. Before being named Huntersville, the community had been known as Craighead and Hunter's Depot.
|The Flight 28078 whirligig was added to Veterans Park in 2018.
As the City of Charlotte grew in the 1980s, so did Huntersville. The sleepy town of 3,000 in 1990 grew over seven-fold by 2000. Annexation of unincorporated land has accounted for much of the growth. The community's growth continues throughout the 21st Century, as Huntersville is one of the more popular suburbs of Charlotte.
In 2023, Huntersville celebrated its 150th anniversary. Visiting Downtown Huntersville gives a glimpse of Huntersville's small-town days but also mixes in the modern obligations of a town of its size.
|The current Huntersville Town Hall. The rapidly growing community will be building a new $28 million larger town hall to meet future needs. The current town hall will be renovated and possibly be used as a community center.
Currently, Downtown Huntersville is undergoing a variety of different changes. Main Street is being improved to handle increased traffic along with better pedestrian access. New development that intends to bring additional residents and businesses is under construction. Recently, plans were approved to construct a new town hall and repurpose the existing facility.
|Veterans Park in Huntersville.
A centerpiece of the town is Veterans Park, located between Main and Maxwell Streets. The park sits at the former location of two ice houses. One of the two ice houses was in operation during much of the 20th Century. Veterans Park features an outdoor stage, public art, and open green space. The park is the summer home of the Huntersville Grower's Market, which runs on Saturday Mornings.
|Huntersville Town Center is home to Discovery Place Kids - a popular interactive learning space for children.
Discovery Place Kids, located at the corner of Old Statesville and Gilead Roads, is a popular downtown Huntersville destination for families throughout the Charlotte area. Nearby is Holbrook Park. home to a shaded playground, tennis and pickleball courts, and access to the town's growing greenway system.
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