Kay Plyler

Kay Plyler

Construction on the newest park in Matthews will begin this November. You can be a part of this project by purchasing a customized brick for only $50.

The park will be dedicated in memory of Kay Plyler, the former Assistant Town Manager of Matthews, who died tragically in 2008. The official name of the park will be KP Park – Kay’s family and friends called her “KP”.

The pocket park will be built at the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Matthews Station Street – adjacent to Matthews Town Hall. The park will be a small area where people may gather, relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park will have benches, a pergola, plants and trees. A sculpture with an equestrian theme will also be included in the park. The sculpture honors Kay’s love of horses.

$20,000 has been approved for this project and the Town would like to sell 1,000 bricks in order to raise the additional funds needed for the construction of the park. Bricks may be purchased for $50, $100, or $250. You may customize the brick with your own language, clip art or logos. Your purchase of a brick is tax deductible. The deadline for purchasing a brick(s) is November 15.

Construction is expected to begin in November and the park is expected to be completed by May 2010.

Kay Plyler was the Assistant Town Manager of Matthews for 13 years. She was passionate about the Town of Matthews and worked diligently to ensure that the Town had quality facilities such as the Town Hall and Library, Public Works Building, and Police Department. She was a careful overseer of the Town’s finances and ensured that the Town had a healthy fund balance. She also served as interim Town Manager twice during her career. A graduate of Furman University and UNCC she was an equine enthusiast and had won many honors in competition. She is survived by her husband, Minor, and two children, Hunter and Taylor.

For more information on how to purchase a brick please visit www.matthewsfun.com or contact the Matthews Parks and Recreation Department at 704-321-7275.