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JANUARY 2011
Greetings and Happy New Year from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation! We hope this newsletter provides some fun and healthy activities that will help you start the new year off right.

The Therapeutic Recreation Section provides services for individuals with disabilities to help ensure inclusive opportunities in all program services and accessibility at all department parks, facilities, special events and classes.

  Adult Fitness 
   Bring or mention this flyer at any fitness center to take advantage of this great offer.
START YOUR 2011 NEW YEAR'S GET FIT RESOLUTION WITH US!
If getting in shape is your New Year's resolution, then Park and Rec has a great opportunity for you. Throughout the months of January and February, any new customer can take advantage of one FREE day pass to any of the eight fitness centers around the county. However, if you mention this ad, your pass will be upgraded to one full FREE week!  Fitness centers offer cardiovascular equipment, weight resistance equipment, and free weights at the most affordable prices in town. Park and Rec fitness staff can help you get started and keep you motivated. Fitness centers are located at the Aquatic Center, Ray’s Splash PlanetRevolution Park Sports Academy, Bette Rae Thomas, Mallard, Southview, Tuckaseegee, and West Charlotte Recreation Centers.

REGISTER FOR THE MECK TEENS SKI AND SNOWBOARD TRIP

The MeckTeens program, along with Mecklenburg County 4-H, invite youth and teens ages 11-17 on an out-of-school ski and snowboarding trip to Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC, on Saturday, March 19. The trip will depart by bus from Methodist Home Recreation Center at 6 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Space is limited so register now. Cost is $62 to ski, $69 to snowboard, plus $25 to rent ski/snowboard gear (optional). Fees include: transportation by charter bus, lift ticket, equipment (skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots), plus a one hour lesson. Meals and snacks are not included. Register through Eparks or call 311.

 Latta Plantation  
 Kings Pinnacle  
LATTA PLANTATION NATURE CENTER OFFERS HIKING TRIP AT CROWDER'S MOUNTAIN
STATE PARK
 
Latta Plantation Nature Center will offer an opportunity to hike the Ridgeline Trail at Crowder's Mountain State Park on Saturday, Jan. 15.  This eight-mile hike will begin at the Boulders Access and follow the ridgeline to the summit of Kings Pinnacle at 1,705 feet for views of Black Mountain to the west, and the skyscrapers of Charlotte to the northeast. The hike will then descend to the Visitors Center via Pinnacle Trail. Public transportation will be provided and will depart at 8 a.m. from the Nature Center. Participants should return to Charlotte around 5 p.m. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Hiking boots and layers of clothing are recommended. Participants should be in good physical condition as we will traverse some rocky and steep terrain.
To register, visit E-Parks.

‘I HAVE A DREAM TOUR’ CELEBRATES LIFE, LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 

Seniors ages 55 and older are invited to attend the “I Have a Dream Tour” celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 and will include several historic Civil Rights Movement landmarks around the state.
The tour will begin with a visit to MLK Memorial Gardens in Raleigh (including at stop for lunch at Larry’s Southern Kitchen), followed by the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Gibsonville. The tour will conclude at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. The trip will depart from Marion Diehl Recreation Center at 8 a.m., and Mallard Creek Recreation Center at 8:45 a.m. Participants should return to Charlotte around 6 p.m. To register, visit  E-Parks. Cost is $46, which does not include the price of lunch.


   Little Sugar Creek
   Little Sugar Creek Greenway near midtown.
LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY FEATURED IN THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER'S TOP TEN OF 2010

The Charlotte Observer has named Little Sugar Creek Greenway's Morehead to Metropolitan section as one of Charlotte's "top ten" places to visit in 2010. The section officially opened in August and features more than 3,150 linear feet of paved trail as well as artwork, benches, a clock tower, a restored streambed, and a stunning fountain near Kings Drive. Future expansion is expected for Little Sugar Creek Greenway eventually connecting Cordelia Park, just north of uptown Charlotte, through the Midtown Square area to the South Carolina line - a distance of 15 miles.  

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG UTILITY RELIEF SEWER PROJECT AND ITS AFFECT ON UPPER MCAPINE CREEK GRENWAY

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Greenway Advisory Council and South Park District Advisory Council will host a community workshop to inform the public about the upcoming Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Relief Sewer project (Colony Road to Independence Boulevard) and its affect on Upper McAlpine Creek Greenway and Park. Citizen input on potential changes to Upper McAlpine Creek Greenway will also be sought. The workshop is Monday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. inside the Rankin Room at The Fletcher School at 8500 Sardis Road in Charlotte, NC. For additional information contact Gwen Cook at 704-432-1570.

E-PLANT TIPS FOR JANUARY FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM
  • Plan to fertilize your broad-leaved evergreens in the winter or spring. 
  • If you need to prune, start planning now. Evergreen and deciduous trees/shrubs in February and spring flowering plants just after they bloom in the spring.
  • Plan to manage insect problems in late winter with dormant oil sprays to kill over-wintering mites, aphids, and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray oils when temperatures are above 40 F, and when frost isn’t predicted for the following day.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION

Park and Recreation thanks all of its volunteers who helped in the past year. There are plenty of ways to get involved in January. For more information on volunteering contact Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504.



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