Mount Holly Project Overview
Location: 121 N. Main Street
Project Overview: In early 2016, the Eden Group, composed of Preston Wilson (William Henry Salon and Spa) and Jon Bradley, owned the building along North Main. During this time, they were doing renovation work for a new roof for the since-shuttered Jacqueline’s Boutique. They uncovered an old Coke advertisement for Rhyne’s Grocery when removing the plaster wall tied to the roof. As a result, City staff started an inquiry and an investigation into funding for the Coke mural restoration through a partnership with Coco-Cola Consolidated Bottling Company in Charlotte.
After years of combined efforts, City Staff discovered that Coke Consolidated management was not too keen on doing the legwork and funding the mural restoration, as there was no cost estimate, no idea what the mural looked like originally, and no path forward to hire a qualified artist to restore it. The Eden Group subsequently sold the two buildings to Helly Krajan for her nail salon and Barbie’s Encore Dance; it was painted over during renovation work With the sale of the building, the pursuit of the Coke mural restoration was put on hold.
The City allocated $10,000 toward the restoration of the Coca-Cola mural. The City is committed to ensuring that the mural remains in good condition throughout its life. Building owners, Helly Krajan and her husband, Soai U. Dagout, have fully supported the Coca-Cola mural restoration, and they approved the needed easement agreement to make this project a reality.
This park located right below the dam is home to a 1.6-mile natural surface walking trail. The park also has almost 2 miles of mountain bike trails. Mountain Island Park at Mount Holly also includes an accessible fishing pier, a natural canoe/kayak launch area, playground, and group primitive campsites.
Description: Two miles of fun and exciting mountain bike trails are featured at Mountain Island Park. The mountain bike trails were built and are maintained by the Tarheel Trailblazers. The trail has many curves and jumps and is sure to be enjoyed by mountain bikers of all levels. See map here.
An agreement between the City and the Tarheel Trailblazers has been in place since 2018. This agreement has allowed the non-profit group to build and maintain over 3-miles of trails with more miles planned. This is becoming a destination drawing visitors from across the region.
Dutchman's Creek Greenway Section
National Trails Day is celebrated in June. This local celebration of trails is hosted by the Carolina Thread Trail and the City of Mount Holly. The free event includes live music, vendors, nature hikes, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals, and yoga. The event usually draws a great crowd of over 1,000 people to enjoy the outdoors.
North Main Parking Lot
The North Main Parking Lot is located behind 115 North Main Street with access on both Main Street and Charlotte Avenue (Highway 27). This parking lot has provided additional parking for visitors to our downtown district.
Arts on the Greenway Facility
Location: 500 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly
In October 2018, the City partnered with the Arts on the Greenway to lease the City-owned building as the headquarters for the non-profit organization. The group was located in Gastonia, but moved to the 10,000 square foot facility with a five-year lease. A mural entitled "Three Little Birds" was painted on one of the walls. Inspired by Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds song, "Singing don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright”. This wall was brought to life by artists Sydney Duarte and Treazy Treaz.
Location: intersection of Hill Street and Central Avenue
In 2019, the improvement of the mill's former loading dock was converted into a landscaped patio area for visitors to enjoy. This enhancement to the corner of the block meshes well with the greenway along the railroad corridor of Central Avenue.
Location: CaroMont Regional Medical Center - Mount Holly (451 E. Charlotte Ave.)
Pollinator Garden at Tuckaseege Park
Location: Tuckaseege Park
Project Overview: Local artist Emily Andress of Awaken Gallery created the sculpture that sits at the heart of the Pollinator Garden. Her vision features a Native American woman surrounded by and holding the flower of royalty. She intentionally chose colors that attract pollinators, such as bees. The entire piece is crafted from laser-cut pieces of mild steel which were then welded, painted, and sealed. At certain points of the day, the light that shines through the bee-shaped hole in the middle of the sculpture casts a shadow on the surrounding flowers. Read her artist statement here.
Mount Holly Police Department Memorial Plaza
The establishment of the Mount Holly Police Department Memorial Plaza is one significant way that our community can provide the visible support and encouragement our police officers need and deserve.
The Plaza will serve as a fitting location to honor Tyler Herndon, the fallen MHPD officer who lost his life in the line of duty in December 2020. It will also be a place that will celebrate the vital role that law enforcement professionals play in our community as well as recognize the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. The Plaza will tell a story of service, commitment, sacrifice, community, and connection to the community.
Engraved Bricks: The bricks offer a way to allow community members to share in the story and become a lasting part of this important community location
Eternal Flame: The eternal flame represents the service of those that came before us, of those that are currently serving, and of those who will choose to make the commitment to serve future generations. It insures that we always remember this service and that we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice paid on behalf of our community
Bronze Statues: These statues help to illustrate the connection we share with our community, and our gratitude to those that have served and made the ultimate sacrifice
Blue Lights: This acknowledges the support our community displayed to honor the ultimate sacrifice paid by our Officer when they proudly burned blue lights across the city in honor of Officer Herndon
Location of Officer Tyler Herndon's vehicle: This location was the focal point of an organic memorial that quickly became an important gathering place for reflection, support, and healing in the community
Connected to Greenway System: The Memorial Plaza will serve as a special place to stop and visit, reflect, and enjoy nature as visitors take advantage of the beautiful greenway in Mount Holly
Walking Distance of Historic Downtown District: The Plaza will hold significance as a meaningful location with a "sense of place" that will be a natural attraction for visitors of our downtown district
The Enchanted Forest
Location: 128 South Main Street (side of Traust Brewing Company)
Project Overview: The bright and colorful panoramic painting, named “This Enchanted Forest” , was created by muralists Sydney Duarte and Treazy Treaz and took a week and a half, most spent in the rain, to complete. The piece was created on the side of the building to encourage passersby to slow down and reflect on their personal connection to the natural world. The mural honors and celebrates the City’s commitment to connecting community and nature.
Some of the symbols found within the mural:
- Wildflowers and Animals, native to North Carolina and Mount Holly, remind viewers to preserve Mother Nature for a prosperous future.
- Glowing Lanterns represent Mount Holly’s annual Lantern Parade.
- The Firefox is a mythical creature in Nordic culture that is said to create the Northern Lights by running through the forest, throwing sparks into the sky with its flaming tail.
- Mother Nature’s green skin, leafed clothing, roots, and braided hair represent the multiple cultures, including the Cherokee and Catawba Nation indigenous tribes, of the Mount Holly community.
- (Hidden) Ladybugs represent good fortune. Many are hidden throughout the mural and visitors are encouraged to find them.
- The Happy Raccoon represents welcoming energy. After releasing two lanterns into the sky, the raccoon is standing with open arms to greet viewers with a hug.
- The bird resting on Mother Nature's finger flew over from the “Three Birds” mural (see above), singing lyrics from the similarly-titled Bob Marley song: “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.”
Alexander St / Catawba Ave. Underpass Painting Project
Location: adjacent to Lake Trail trailhead
The City coordinated with the railroad to enhance the visibility of this underpass with fresh paint. This will help guide visitors to the trailhead of the greenway.
NC 273 Road Improvements
This project was managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), not the City of Mount Holly. Visit their website for full details.
A variety of project betterments (including mast poles and landscaping) and utilities relocation, are funded and managed by the City of Mount Holly.
Artistic Bike Rack
Location: South Main Street and East Central Avenue (in front of Wells Fargo)
Project Overview: The bike rack was initially paid for with funds set aside during Year One for Public Art. City Council set aside $50,000 for public art in Year One of the 2021-22 fiscal year. The artist selected was Jan Craft, a well-known metal sculptor, who lives in Gaston County with a total cost of $5,000. Artist Jan Craft worked with a local fabricator for many months, after gaining approval on the design of the artistic bike rack through the Public Art Advisory Commission. She previously designed and installed the sculpture in front of CaroMont’s Regional Medical Center in Mount Holly.
In an effort to support public art, the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation donated $5,100 in funds (once set aside for a downtown kiosk) in favor of reimbursing the City for the artistic bike rack that was under construction. This took place through a formal presentation at the September 12, 2022 Council meeting. The artistic bike rack took some time to fabricate, and once delivered, the brick pavers would not secure it properly. Jeremy Moss, Building and Maintenance Supervisor, and his team worked with a contractor to install a concrete base and secured the artistic bike rack on Friday, January 20th, 2023.
CURRENT PROJECTSRiver Park Greenway Connector
The City partnered with the housing developer of the River Park neighborhood to construct a paved greenway connection between River Park and Woodland Park. This connection is considered a spur that will eventually connect into the greenway system along the Catawba River.
NC 273 Landscaping Project
Funding for phase 1 of the landscaping along the newly widened roadway is planned. Phase 1 consists of landscaping the medians.
Lake Trail Parking Lot at Mountain Island
A new parking lot above the dam along Mountain Island Road is funded. This gravel parking area will allow better access for visitors to trail along Mountain Island Lake and accommodate up to 130 spaces.
Carolina Thread Trail Signage Program
Status: To Be Constructed
The CTT and City are partnering to install trail signage throughout the City's greenway system. This should begin in Spring/Summer 2022.
Belmont - Mount Holly Road sidewalk
Status: To Be Constructed
Since 2017, the city has been designing and obtaining easements to construct the sidewalk from Margarette Avenue to the Circle K Gas Station at Belmont Abbey College. The goal is to begin construction as soon as 2022.