McGill Attends Stinger Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Img 6228Stinger Park was buzzing on the evening of August 11, 2023, ahead of the much-anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors were beaming with excitement as they checked out the impressive multipurpose fields, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, cornhole area, shaded picnic spaces, and scenic nature trails. The sound of children laughing filled the air as they played on the slides, jungle gyms, and splashpad.

People of all ages and backgrounds seemed to be enjoying the hot summer evening in this new magical place in the heart of Bessemer City.

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Doug Chapman, PE

“It was great to see the community support and interest for this project — plus all of the folks enjoying the facilities,” said McGill Vice President Doug Chapman. “Stinger Park provides something for everyone. Having multiple children, I appreciate a place where you can entertain various age groups in a great setting.”


McGill provided electrical, planning, design, funding assistance, and construction support for the park project.

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Carrie Cranwill, PLA, EI

“I am proud to have worked with a large group of designers that worked really hard to bring Stinger Park from conceptual design to a finished space that will be enjoyed by visitors for decades,” said McGill Project Manager, Carrie Cranwill.

“It was really wonderful to see how park and recreation projects can serve to bring all members of a community, as well as visitors, together to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.”

At McGill, we are motivated by our clients’ enthusiasm for their projects. We are delighted to have utilized our skills and expertise to help create an all-ages community athletic facility and park in Bessemer City to enhance the lives of local citizens and increase available recreational opportunities.


Attendees filled the bleachers and seating areas, as the ribbon cutting ceremony got underway. Several public officials who took part in the collaborative effort of bringing Stinger Park to life got up and said a few words. It was evident that everyone who had some level of involvement in this project was extremely pleased with the outcome, and thrilled to see that the public was happy with it as well.

Mcgill with jo dRepresentatives from McGill were proudly taking in the scene as we listened to the speeches and participated in the ribbon cutting at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Bessemer City Parks and Recreation Director, Jo-D Franklin, referred to Stinger Park as a ‘generational park’, and ended his speech by saying “As Stinger Park opens, I challenge each of you to come out to the park, close your eyes, and listen to the children play.”


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Click here to read about how McGill’s Land Planning and Recreation team creates spaces that encourage community connectedness and spur economic development.

Carrie expressed, “I hope the park brings years of happy memories for everyone who visits and that it serves as a travel destination bringing in new visitors to Bessemer City.”

Visit https://bessemercity.com/parks-recreation/stingerpark/ to learn more about what Stinger Park has to offer, and to stay in the know on upcoming events.

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