Freedom Park is the 98-acre "Central Park" of Charlotte, North Carolina. Located at 1900 East Boulevard, between Charlotte's historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, the park is centered on a 7-acre lake, and is about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the heart of Charlotte's downtown area.
The park has paved trails, tennis/volleyball courts, sport/athletic fields and playground equipment. The park contains a steam engine that is fenced and has safety bars added over the tender, but one can walk into the cab.
Free films and musical performances in the park pavilion are featured throughout the summer. Every September Freedom Park is the site of the five-day long Festival in the Park, which annually attracts over 100,000 visitors, and has been recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.Adjacent to Freedom Park is the Charlotte Nature Museum, a fun and learning center for young children operated by Discovery Place, which exhibits animals and plants of the Piedmont region.