In 1987 members of the Weddington Optimist Club realized that one multi-purpose sports field behind a church was inadequate. Members located a 16 acre parcel at a reasonable price. With 10 members pledging $1000 each, the property was purchased. A visitor to one of the club meetings would have had trouble believing the vision of a completed ball park. At the time club membership was in the high teens.
SOCCER FIELDS BOARD ROOM
PICNIC PAVILION BASEBALL /SOFTBALL FIELDS
Twenty years later, Weddington Optimist Park is a reality.
Over $3,000,000 has been spent or donated to this point. The park has the following:
Coach pitch baseball field – lighted
Minor league baseball field – lighted
Major league base ball field – lighted
Babe Ruth field – lighted
Multi-purpose softball field – lighted
(2) batting cages
Regulation soccer field – lighted
(2) Youth soccer field
in-ground irrigation system
Two story building
– Downstairs: concession / bathrooms
– Upstairs: Meeting room / storage
– 16’ x 30’ equipment storage area
– 48’ x 30’ picnic area
1/2 Mile walking trail with fitness station
The Optimists work together with the Weddington-Wesley Chapel Athletic Association (WCWAA) that run organized sports programs at the park. The membership of the athletic association is over 2000 families. However, park development is not complete.
In 2001, the WCWAA bought 34 acres to expand Optimist Park to 53 acres. That allowed us to build 5 more soccer fields and 4 more youth baseball fields.
In 2007 we agreed to develop 4 additional acres in a partnership with Southbrook Church.