About the Third Ward Neighborhood Association
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Third Ward Facts
Population: ~3,000

Key Amenities
Bank of America Stadium
Bechtler Museum (2009)
Brevard Court/Latta Arcade
CATS Streetcar (TBD)
Charlotte Knights Stadium (2011)
Frazier Park & Dog Park
Gateway Station (TBD)
Gateway Village
Gateway YMCA

Irwin Creek Greenway
Knight Theater (2009)
Mint Museum of Art (2010)
Romare Bearden Park (2010)
Third Ward Community Garden

Welcome to Third Ward!  

Third Ward is one of Charlotte’s original political districts, established in the late nineteenth century as a streetcar suburb.  The City presently defines its boundaries as Elmwood-Pinewood Cemetery to the north, the Cedar Yards to the south, the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks to the east, and I-77 to the west.  Many are surprised to find that Uptown’s wards are not “Euclidean” quadrants, but historians and City staff explain that the neighborhood boundaries reflect what remained of the original political wards (at the time of the boundaries' formalization later in the 20th century).

Today Third Ward’s residential footprint has once again expanded into all parts of the neighborhood, including the Warehouse District to the south and the highrise condominiums to the east (map).  The neighborhood is home to nearly 3,000 residents attracted to its sense of community, the beauty and variety of its housing stock, and its vibrant amenities.  With walkable access to parks, the central business district, and numerous major destinations – and even more to come – Third Ward is considered by many to be Charlotte’s most dynamic neighborhood.  

The Third Ward Neighborhood Association is dedicated to the enhancement of life for all residents and homeowners of Charlotte’s Third Ward.  Its vision is to:

  • Facilitate bonds among our diverse populations to function as a unified community.
  • Inspire passion in residents who find meaning in the people and places of their neighborhood.
  • Transform undervalued and underutilized assets into signature places for living, working, and playing.
  • Promote of our past, present, and future as an urban oasis, the Charlotte neighborhood of choice.
  • Continue to improve as a “city within a city”, with an expanding range of residential, commercial, cultural, and recreational amenities.
  • Serve as a model for progressive urban growth and development in Charlotte.
The Third Ward Neighborhood Association is, has been, and will be inclusive of all neighborhood residents.

Board of Directors 

Mike Sposato / President (Contact)
Tracey Wopperer / Vice President
Marjorie Dye / Treasurer
Lex Jones / Secretary
Ginny Woolard
Gaile Burton
Matthew Ullman
Chris Bradshaw
Dane Parrott

Selected Initiatives

Condominium Presidents Forum – Annual meeting bringing together leaders of Third Ward’s approximately twenty condominium associations for introductions and idea sharing, hosted by local restaurant(s).

Frazier Park Improvements – Sought and implemented the Frazier Park Community Garden, currently in its third year of production (and a waiting list).  Secured the addition of “bucket swings” to playground for parents of toddler-aged children. 

Identity/Marketing – Completed branding/identity initiative via pro bono services.  Printed and deployed vehicle stickers.  Designed informational flyer to be printed and distributed neighborhood-wide.  Working toward implementation of custom street signage featuring neighborhood logo. 

West Fourth Street – Advocated for stronger pedestrian linkages, improved lighting, and public spaces within and on the edges of the neighborhood.  Hosted City staff and project designers at neighborhood meetings.  Gained support of federal courthouse personnel for relocation of William Shipp monument. 

Political – Planned and hosted Mayoral Candidates Forum in previous mayoral election, with an extended debate between candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter.  Hosted Police Chief Rodney Monroe.  Hosted Charlotte Center City Partners President & CEO Michael Smith. 

Third Ward Tailgate – Annual event in partnership with the Carolina Panthers celebrating the commencement of football season.  Inaugural 2009 event brought over 100 neighbors for stadium tours, free food, prizes, and visits from Sir Purr and the Top Cats.