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CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF CAROLINA TREAD TRAIL SET FOR LITTE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY SEPTEMBER 15

August 28, 2009

Charlotte, NC—Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites anyone interested in greenways to a special ceremony called “Marking the Thread” at 10am on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 on Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The ceremony will take place in the section behind Charlotte Nature Museum and beside the lake in Freedom Park.

It will be announced that Little Sugar Creek Greenway will be a “hub” of the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of existing and future greenways that will “weave” through more than 7,200 acres in cities in cities, towns, and rural areas--running through 15 counties-- to provide recreation opportunities for almost 2.3 million residents.  A concept map of Carolina Tread Trail is on the next page of this release.

To “mark” Little Sugar Creek Greenway as a key part of this system, a sign with the Thread Trail logo will be unveiled at the ceremony.  The total trail will take decades to develop.  This is the start of it!  Later in the day ceremonies to mark other sections of the Thread Trail will be held in Chester, Concord, Cramerton, Fort Mill, Gastonia, Great Falls, Kannapolis, McAdenville, Mt. Holly, and Rock Hill. 

As part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg ceremony,  Artist-in-Residence Daniel McCormick of McColl Center for Visual Art will announce an eco-artwork to be created along the creek, just downstream from the suspension bridge beside the lake in Freedom Park. This artwork will transform natural materials and plants into a woven sculpture that will take root on banks, to protect eroded areas and help the landscape to recover.  McCormick will work with volunteers from Catawba Lands Conservancy, Charlotte Nature Museum, Carolina Thread Trail, and Sci-Teens to create the eco-art from September through November.

McCormick is a California resident with a degree in environmental design from UC Berkeley.  His sculptures are displayed in many galleries and museums, and he has created natural artworks in Marin County, California and for the National Park Service.  He will display photos and examples of his work.

Speakers at the ceremony include Director Dave Cable of Catawba Lands Conservancy, Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap, Park and Recreation Commissioner Owen Furuseth, and Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. Participating organizations are Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Carolina Thread Trail, Catawba Lands Conservancy, McColl Center for Visual Art, and Charlotte Nature Museum. 

The public may walk-in or bike-in on the greenway, or park their cars at the Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Ave. or in Freedom Park lots near entrances at 1900 East Blvd. or 2436 Cumberland Ave.



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