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SEPTEMBER 2011
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers plenty of great activities for the entire family throughout September. Check out the newsletter to see what's going on!

On Sept. 2, Park and Rec held a groundbreaking ceremony for Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. Re-live the event by watching the video below.

 Get Going Guide  
The Fall 2011 Get Going Guide covers programs occurring from September - November.  
FALL 2011 'GET GOING GUIDE" IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The fall 2011 issue of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Get Going Guide is now available online AT www.parkandrec.com. This issue features information on programs occurring in September, October and November. The Get Going Guide is posted as a PDF and linked to download from other County sites. The new format allows for fresher content in each issue as well as quicker access to program and event registration since it will be linked directly to E-Parks. And, for extra convenience, the Get Going Guide will be easy to download and save to your computer desktop for reference or printing. The guide’s shift to an online-only publication has saved the County about $60,000 so far. The winter 2011 issue will be available in November and will cover programs occurring in December (2011), January (2012) and February (2012).

   Romare Bearden
  Park and Rec celebrates the legacy of Romare Bearden with a new park in uptown.
NEW UPTOWN PARK CELEBRATES LEGACY OF ROMARE BEARDEN

The Romare Bearden Park in the Third Ward section of uptown Charlotte is one step closer to reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Sept. 2 at the corner of Third and Church streets to celebrate the life and legacy of the hometown artist, and to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Festivities included a performance by the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church choir, a dramatic reading of the play “Romare Bearden 1911-1988” by poet and playwright Ruth E. Sloane, and the unveiling of the new Romare Bearden stamp collection. Elected officials including Mecklenburg County Commissioner Chairman Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx shared their thoughts on Bearden and significance of the new namesake park. "It will be a wonderful place in uptown for people to play, and to have that kind of gathering place to keep our community strong," said Roberts. Gov. Bev Perdue declared Sept. 2 as "Romare Bearden Day." The park is expected to take 18 months to complete.

“GARDEN 2 YOU” MARKET SUPPORTS SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE COMMUNITY 

Park and Rec’s Therapeutic Recreation Section invites the public to the first fall ‘Garden 2 You Farmer’s Market on Friday, Sept. 9, 1-5 p.m. at Marion Diehl Rec Center. All funds collected go toward the Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Members of the community are invited to participate as vendors. Additional dates are planned for Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. For more info, contact the TR section, 704-432-4322.…help us bring the Garden 2 You!

HELP MAKE LINCOLN HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD'S DREAM COME TRUE

Park and Rec and Hands On Charlotte will build a park in the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood. Thousands of volunteers will help build the playground, paths, and community garden. The build is Sept. 8-10 with a ceremony on Sept. 11. Contact us for additional information.


PARK AND REC HOSTS TENNIS TOURNEY FOR ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will partner with the Charlotte Tennis Association, Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina and Special Olympics of North Carolina for the first annual Charlotte Fall Challenge Tennis Tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, 1200 W. Tyvola Road.  For additional information, contact Jeff Beard at 704-604-1601 or jeff@charlottetennisassociation.com.

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK OFFERS FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the 47th annual Festival in the Park in Freedom Park Sept. 23-25. The festival offers wonderful music, art, food, and a great time for all. The sounds of "big band music" and the smell of great food drift across the Freedom Park's lake, which glistens with reflected lights strung from exhibit tents and pavilions. So much for adults and children to see and do! Almost a thousand entertainers give free performances. Festival in the Park, started by our late friend, Grant Whitney, is run by a private group of the same name, in partnership with Park and Recreation. Many organizations participate with the first hint to fall in the air.

E-PLANT TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM
  • Fescue seeding should be done in September. For best results be sure to mechanically (e.g. raking, aeration, tilling) disturb the soil prior to spreading seed. Scratching the soil with a mechanical device promotes good seed-to-soil contact. 
  • Lawn grass grows best when soil pH is 6.2 to 6.5. Soils require 100 lbs of lime per 1000 sq. ft. to adjust the pH 1 point. The recommended application rate is 50 lbs lime per 1000 sq. ft. for average soil. More lime is needed for clay soils since they are more acidic.
  • October is likely the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Select your plants based on their mature height and width, and type of sun exposure they can tolerate…shade, semi-shade, sun, etc.

 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 September. For more information on volunteering contact Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504.




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