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Charlotte, NC – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites anyone interested in nature to visit and help celebrate the new Freedom Park Naturescape Trail on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10am-1pm. The trail is about half a mile around the lake and features short walks to ten educational “stations” that tell about flora and fauna in the area.

The Naturescape trail is a great way for children and families to learn about plants and habitats that attract birds, butterflies, and small animals. Taylor Piephoff, Natural Resource Specialist and bird expert, will conduct a special walking tour starting at 10:30am. After the opening celebration, the trail will generally be open during regular park hours.

Information tables will be set-up April 17 near old concession stand across from the band shell near the park entrance at Cumberland and Lilac Avenues. Get a brochure and map before you walk the trail. Some examples of stations along the trail include:
  • Station 2: A grove of pines that attracts Pine Warblers
  • Station 4: Screech Owl Boxes in trees to house owls
  • Station 8: Along Little Sugar Creek, where you might see a variety of wildlife including Cardinals, Bluebirds, Gold Finches, and Hawks as well as fish in the creek

A brochure and map of the trail is also available at www.parkandrec.com, click on Parks, then on Freedom Park.

The Naturescape Trail was built by a partnership between Freedom Park Neighborhood Association and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. It was built over the past six months, paid for by the Park and Recreation Horticulture Team. Cost was about $2500. Work was done by Park and Rec staff and volunteers from the neighborhood association.