The Coulwood Community originated in the year 1953 from farmlands that were subdivided by the McClure family. The first homes were built along Gum Branch Road and it quickly became a growing area.
The residents of Coulwood have always been a tight group of neighbors and many became active in community affairs.
In 1958 the Coulwood Community Council was established by residents interested in seeking increased neighborhood recreation, and community betterment. Today it is recognized as a non-profit with the US IRS.
The clubhouse was constructed in 1959 on. Coulwood Drive with mostly volunteer labor and donated materials. Land that had been reserved for park use was landscaped and playground equipment was provided where the annual 4th of July festivities are held still today.
As the community continued to grow, in August of 1962 the pool opened which provided the perfect place for families to come together on hot summer days and life-long friendships were made. Later one of Charlotte's first summer swim leagues was formed and continues.
It has been said that "Coulwood is the best-kept secret in Charlotte" by the late Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent, Jay Robinson.
Today, Coulwood/Mountain Island Lake area continues to be home to many kids who grew up in the neighborhood in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Also, new families are moving into Coulwood and houses are being updated.
Some of the draws to the neighborhood are the big wooded lots and that there is not a homeowners association with expensive mandatory fees.
Just like in 1959, our community is run by volunteers and donations. The $60 tax-deductible per year council dues go to help with maintenance and upkeep of the common areas and are completely voluntary but every donation is spent wisely to make sure our community, clubhouse, and pool, continue on for generations to come.
At this moment our community is in dire need to replace the roofs on the clubhouse and the poolhouse. This has been a need for quite some time and together as a community we will make it happen this year through our "Singles for Shingles" campaign.
For a donation of only $3 you can sponsor a shingle for the clubhouse or pool house and a $50 donation will cover the cost of a bundle of shingles. Our goal is $10,000. This amount will cover all materials and the discounted donated labor to install them.
Our community needs your financial support. Please consider a tax-deductible donation today!