Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. We hope that your summer is going well. Please use this newsletter as a guide for fun activities offered this August.
REEDY CREEK OFFERS A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT HUMMINGBIRDS AT ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the public to the 2010 Hummingbird Festival on Saturday, August 28, 10am-4pm, at Reedy Creek Nature Center
.This festival offers a chance to see ruby-throated hummingbirds as they depart for their long journey south for the winter. Most fly on buzzing wings all the way across the Gulf of Mexico—a 500 mile non-stop flight over open water! Festival features fun for the whole family with games, music, nature hikes, displays, vendors, crafts, and face-painting. Admission is FREE, donations are requested. Event will be held rain or shine. Event sponsors include: WMTV
(My TV 12), WJZY
(The CW), Lite 102.9
, America Charters
, Chirp ‘N Chatter,
and BJ’s Wholesale Club
CELEBRATING LITTLE SUGAR CREEK’S CHANGE FROM
‘GRAY WAY’ TO GREENWAY
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services invite the public to celebrate the completion of the Little Sugar Creek stream restoration and greenway project
from Charlottetowne Avenue to Morehead Street Friday Aug. 6 at 10am. The event will take place at the fountain near Kings Drive between Pearl Park Way and Morehead Street. The project has been in the works for more than a decade, starting with Mecklenburg County’s purchase of more than a dozen businesses in the floodplain in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. For nearly 50 years, that part of Little Sugar Creek was hidden under a shopping center parking lot that stretched the length of three football fields. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation built more than 3,100 linear feet of paved trail along the restored stream. Graceful fountains surrounded by rounded plazas, a visitor’s kiosk and an elegant clock tower are special features of the new greenway. Park benches, an arched pedestrian bridge, and granite carvings make this promenade a great place to relax, to connect with nature, or to access Center City. The celebration will feature information tables as well as brief remark by community leaders.
SEGWAY TO A NEW ADVENTURE AT LATTA PLANTATION NATURE PRESERVE
| Segway tours offer a great opportunity to see Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in a whole new way!
Why walk when you can Segway at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
? Segways are a great way to experience all 1,300-acres of wildlife, natural areas and trails at the preserve. Highlights include: Shady Trail, Buzzard Rock Trail, Laura’s Trail and gorgeous views of Mt. Island Lake. Segway Tours are offered for adults ages 18 and over and cost $35 per person. All equipment and training provided. Tours are the first and third weekends of each month ( March – September) 9am-noon and 3pm-6pm as well as the second and fourth weekends, 9am-noon. For more information or to register call 704-875-1391.
HELP KEEP OUR PARKS LOOKING GREAT BY DONATING TO PARTNERS FOR PARKS
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation greatly appreciates the increase in volunteers over the past couple of months as the department continues to adjust to massive budget cuts. At this time, we would like to encourage those who are able to, to make a small donation to help maintain our beautiful parks and outstanding recreation facilities. Donations can be made by clicking on the “Donate Now” button or sending a check to Partners For Parks, PO Box 681779 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28216. Thank you!
E PLANT TIPS FOR AUGUST FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
- High spider mite infestation will often result webs on the underside of leaves, and eggs will be laid in the webbing. The grayish, stippled appearance of leaves infested with spider mites is a result of their feeding on plant juices. Spider mites thrive in hot, dry weather. For mild infestations, hose the foliage to wash off the mites. For severe problems, spray with an approved chemical miticide according to EPA label.
- Adhere to EPA label directions strictly whenever you apply pesticides, pay particular attention to temperature thresholds when using products in summer months.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION: CHECK OUT ALL THE GREAT WAYS YOU CAN SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY THIS MONTH AND BEYOND.
Park and Recreation thanks all the volunteers who helped us in the past year. For information on volunteering contact: Lori.Saylor@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704 353-0504. NOTE: Volunteers younger than age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
MCPRD Volunteer Services is initiating a few new and updated volunteer positions/opportunities. The positions/opportunities are:
- Rec Buddies: Help staff at recreation centers with programs, after-school activities, athletics, special events, building and ground maintenance, administrative tasks, customer service, data entry, etc.
- Park Partners will support Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department staff with the implementation of a broad range of beautification and maintenance projects in our Parks and on our Greenways.
- Park and Greenway Adoptions: The adoption program offers an opportunity for businesses, neighborhood associations, churches, schools, civic clubs and other organizations to take ownership of a specific property.
- Periodic Projects: This is the option for the group that wants to come out on a regular basis but cannot commit to a monthly project.
- Unsupervised Group Projects. This option is great for neighborhood associations, scouts, schools, summer camps and churches. Groups come out on their own to do trash pick-ups and light park maintenance.
- Park Ambassadors: Assist with programs, maintenance, safety and operations in many parks and nature preserves. More information on the Park Ambassador Program
- Hummingbird Festival: Reedy Creek Nature Preserve August 28 8:30-5pm Volunteers needed to help with crowd control, litter control, disperse information and help with children’s activities
- RAY Auditions: We are auditioning for RAY the Park and Recreation mascot!
Flexible according to RAY’s appearance schedule and your availability.
Represent the department during public appearances wearing RAY costume. Must be at least 5’8” tall.
- Neighborhood Associations, Youth Groups, Civic Clubs etc: We are looking for community groups interested in coming out on a regular basis to do unsupervised park clean ups. Share Your Talent! We are looking for community members interested in sharing their talents with recreation center attendees Activities or talents include chess, gardening, painting,etc…
- Coaches Needed: Albemarle Road Recreation Center, various sports Aug. 1-Oct. 1 Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, basketball Nov. 1-March 1
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE TR DIVISION
- Therapeutic Enrichment Program Marion Diehl Rec Center Mon. -Fri 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm activities consist of games, gardening, sports, music, crafts, as well as enhancing life skills and socialization..Volunteers will assist with set-up & break-down, participant supervision, and facilitating activities.
- SEALS – Marion Diehl Rec Center, Tues & Thurs following the 2010-2011 CMS school year. SEALS after school program is for elementary aged children who are blind or visually impaired. Volunteers are needed to work 1:1 with students
Individual volunteers needed
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSES These are turn key projects, just show up dressed appropriately and raring to go!! We can even arrange for a shelter to be made available for a picnic lunch.
- Adoptions: The adoption program is a great one for businesses that encourage staff to do a certain amount of volunteering each month. You'll have a set date/time and place so you can just post the info and folks can plan ahead.
- Periodic projects: These would be on a regular basis but not necessarily as often as once a month.
- Special Events: These are great fun and are very popular amongst the corporate world. Some take place on weekends; some during the work week.