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NOVEMBER 2011

Welcome to the November issue of the Park and Rec E-Newsletter. We hope that you will take a few moments to check out some of the great things happening this fall. Be sure to watch the video below which proves that you don't have to travel far to see the leaves change. Check out one Mecklenburg County's beautiful parks or nature preserves and you will be convinced.


   American Legion Memorial Stadium
   The meeting is Nov. 17.  
MEMORIAL STADIUM, GRADY COLE CENTER PLANNERS SET COMMUNITY MEETING

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will host a community meeting to provide information and solicit feedback for the American Legion Memorial Stadium and the Grady Cole Center site master plan. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. A portion of the meeting will focus on the results of a structural assessment that was recently completed at the stadium. The County Park and Recreation Department is also soliciting feedback from facility users, stakeholders, neighbors and the general public to complete a site master plan. The stadium has been the site of 4th of July fireworks events, high school and collegiate football games, soccer and lacrosse games and most recently the 30th anniversary of the Carolina Lightnin’s American Soccer league championship reunion. Parking for the event is available in the surface parking lots adjacent to the center and the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Student Deck #3.

CEREMONY TO MARK PURCHASE OF PARK LAND IN DAVIDSON

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and the Davidson Lands Conservancy invite the public to a ceremony marking the County’s recent purchase of the former 242-acre Abersham development off Grey and Shearer roads in Davidson. The ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., will serve as a dedication for the area’s newest preserved park land. “The Abersham purchase is a rare opportunity to preserve a unique site for natural resources protection and passive recreation,” said Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. “With this purchase, over 600 acres are within the new park area. The Trust for Public Land was an active partner in the purchase and we appreciate all the work they did.” In addition to the dedication, the ceremony will feature family activities including nature hikes, bird hikes and educational sessions focusing on local wildlife.

 Bette Rae Thomas  
 Thomas standing in front of the recreation center named in her honor.  
PARK AND RECREATION REMEMBERS BETTE RAE THOMAS

Bette Rae Thomas, namesake of the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, passed away on Monday, Oct. 24. She was 82. Thomas was born in Charlotte on Feb. 11, 1929, daughter of William Raymond and Juanita Blanche Horton Thomas. She attended Charlotte public schools and was a graduate of the Florniece Private School. She completed a Medical Secretarial Course at Kings Business College, graduated from Wingate Junior College and was the honor graduate of the class of 1950 from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, having received the General Excellency Award in Theory and Practice and the Moore-Petteway Award for further study in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She did her post graduate work at the University of Chicago Clinic's Lying-in-Hospital. Thomas was a tireless advocate for the community serving for many years as coordinator of the Enderly Park Neighborhood Association. Neighbors often referred to her as "Miss Bette." She spent countless hours lobbying Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners for neighborhood improvements and enhanced park facilities. Neighbors petitioned the Park and Recreation Commission to name the center in her honor. The center was dedicated Oct. 13, 2005.

GRAYSON SKATE PARK OFFERS SKATEBOARD LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS

Grayson Skate Park will offer beginner skateboard lessons for youth, ages 7 – 14, each Saturday in November from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration is $55 for the four week session. The course will cover techniques such as proper stance, steering and stopping, ramps and transitions, basic tricks and maneuvers, and most importantly, balance. To register for the lessons, visit Eparks and enter Course Code # 27658.

   Beverly Lawston
   Lawston was vice chair of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission.

BEVERLY COTTON LAWSTON, VICE CHAIR OF THE PARK AND REC COMMISSION DIES

Beverly Cotton Lawston, vice chair of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission, passed away on Oct. 24. She was 61. Lawston was a distinguished community leader in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood who spent many years stressing the importance of education. Over the years, Lawston chaired and served on several local boards and committees including: the Citizen review Board for the City of Charlotte, the Board of Directors for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Women's Caucus and the State Executive Board for the Democratic Party. Her work and leadership had a significant impact on many people throughout the city including Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley, who chairs the Park and Recreation Commission. "It's never easy when you spend time with people in the community and one week you're excited about a meeting or a project you're working on with them and then tragically the next week they are not there," said Brisley. "There is going to be as huge void in this community beyond her family."

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! ELON REC CENTER OFFERS ON-CAMERA ACTING CLASSES 

  Elon Recreation Center will host on-camera acting classes for ages 8-13 and 55-up beginning in late November. Classes are instructor-guided and focus on all aspects of acting including: techniques in cold-reading, improvisation, voice and diction, pantomime, and script analysis.

Youth Classes
Classes are Tuesdays, Nov. 22- Dec. 20 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The cost is $90 per person for the entire five-week session.

Adult Classes
Classes are Thursdays, Nov. 17 – Dec. 15 (excluding Nov. 24) from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The cost is $75 per person for the entire four weeks.

To register, visit Eparks and enter the appropriate Course Code number. Youth: 29990, Adult: 29991. You may also call 311 or Elon Recreation Center at 704-540-2426.


E-PLANT TIPS FOR NOVEMBER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM

  • November is a key month to apply fertilizer to cool-season lawn types. It promotes root development that will allow your lawn to survive the harsh dry days of summer next year.
  • Now is the preferred time to plant trees and shrubs. 
  • A light pruning for most plants (if needed) is okay. Save pruning of 1/3 or more of growth to the dormancy of the winter months. February being the ideal time.

 



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