Happy New Year from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation! Once again, our monthly e-newsletter describes many programs and activities we offer for your fun and good health. We also invite you to visit our website at www.parkandrec.com
to see many more facilities and programs.
NEW BEREWICK RECREATION CENTER INVITES PUBLIC TO VISIT NEW SITE IN STEELE CREEK, ANOTHER 'JOINT-USE' OF PROPERTY WITH A SCHOOL
|Berewick Rec Center has a wonderful playroom for pre-school kids!
Mecklenburg Park and Recreation celebrates the grand opening of Berewick Recreation Center in Steele Creek Jan. 8 at 9am. Public is invited. Adults and youth in southwest Charlotte also invited to drop-by for a tour: Jan. 8, 2009, 1:30pm-7:30pm; Jan. 9, 9am-4:30pm; Jan. 10, 1pm-4:30pm. There will be arts and crafts, games, contests, and fun activities. Tell staff about programs you'd like to see at Berewick. The center is in the same building as Berewick Elementary School, another "co-location" or "joint-use" of facilities with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Joint-use saves taxpayers money! Other joint uses are Wallace Pruitt Rec Center
at Bruns Avenue Elementary, Tom Sykes Rec Center
at Dilworth Elementary, Hickory Grove Rec Center
at Hickory Grove Elementary.
SCHOOL RECREATION SITES OFFER FUN FOR KIDS AND WIDER PUBLIC USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES.
Park and Recreation also runs recreation programming at six school sites, which provide wider public use of taxpayer-funded facilities. Our staff members program many activities for youth in surrounding communities. The six facilities now designated 'School Recreation Sites' are Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Merry Oaks Elementary, Shamrock Gardens Elementary, Thomasboro Elementary, Winget Park Elementary, and Druid Hills Elementary.
TAR HEEL TRAILBLAZERS TEAM WITH PARK AND RECREATION TO PROTECT 'NC CHAMPION TREE' ON MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
|Volunteers and staff in the project to protect the 'Champion Tree' stand beside the bike bridge the Trailblazers built.
Tarheel Trailblazers mountain biking club built a special wooden bridge on a bike trail in Sherman Branch Recreation Area to protect an"NC Champion" Sourwood Tree--largest tree of its kind in NC. Sherman Branch is a 209 acre property in eastern Mecklenburg, owned by Park and Rec for a future park or nature preserve. It has an 11 mile mountain biking trail built by the Trailblazers. Members of Park and Rec's Horticulture Team noticed the large Sourwood beside the trail. They submitted measurements to the NC Forest Service, and it is the largest known tree of its kind in the state! To safeguard the "champion tree," volunteers from Trailblazers built a wooden bridge over the roots, so bikers can whiz by without harming the roots.
CULINARY ARTS: A GREAT CAREER FOR MANY, FUN FOR OTHERS; LEARN ABOUT BEING A CHEF IN 'MECK TEEN CHEFS'
Park and Recreation invites youth, ages 11-17, to join 'Meck Teen Chefs-Cooking 101' on ten weeknights, 5:30-8pm, January-March, 2010. This is an award-winning course offered in partnership with Chef Kimberly Green of Green Apple U. Classes include world cuisines, nutritional planning, food history, and a restaurant simulation. The series introduces some participants to a possible career in the culinary arts. For others it shows that cooking is fun. Cost: $15/class. Participants should attend ALL ten classes. Fees include materials, food, and a chef's coat and hat. Deadline to register is Jan. 6. Space is limited. To register for first class click here
and use Course Code # 6130. For more information contact Tari Grinnell at Methodist Home Recreation Center: 704 568-3363
IF YOU LOVE WATCHING BIRDS, REGISTER NOW FOR NC BIRDING TRAIL HIKE AT FREEDOM PARK AND CHARLOTTE NATURE MUSEUM
|Park and Rec has many great venues to view a wide variety of birds!
Do you like birds? Park and Rec invites adults, ages 16-older, on a bird-watching hike around Freedom Park and Charlotte Nature Museum, Sun, Jan. 17, 1:30pm-4pm. Participants should pack a bag lunch and meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center at 1pm. Transportation to Freedom Park, binoculars and field guides included. The hike is a great opportunity to see many bird species like belted kingfisher, cooper's hawk, and barred owls. Cost: $5. To register click here and use Course Code #1445.
NATURE SUPPORTERS INVITED TO FUND-RAISING TRECK FOR MECKLENBURG NATURE PRESERVES ON JAN. 23
Groups and individuals who'd like to show support for nature preserves are invited to take a "Hike for Habitats," Sat., Jan. 23 at Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve
, 11am-1pm. Come for any or all of the time. Guided hike starts at 11am. This is a way to help"wildlife and wild places" in Mecklenburg. Admission: FREE, but donations accepted with proceeds to Partners for Parks, earmarked for nature programs, trail enhancements, equipment to remove invasive plants. Make checks to Partners for Parks--tax deductible for most donors. A great chance to meet people, hear about outdoor adventure programs, and enjoy Ribbonwalk, a 186 acre preserve with majestic old-growth trees and mountain-like terrain. For more info call Reedy Creek Nature Center: 704 598-8857.
GET A SPECIAL DEAL IN JANUARY AT PARK AND REC FITNESS CENTERS, THEN START WORKING-OUT FOR A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!
Park and Recreation offers a special New Year deal at its seven fitness centers during Jan. Sign-up for a new individual or family annual pass, or a Ray pass (good at all centers), and get a 15 month membership for the cost of 12 months. Three months for FREE! Our centers offer cardiovascular workouts, exercise machines, and free weights at very economical rates. Rates vary depending on equipment and size of each center. Park and Rec fitness staff can help you get started and keep you motivated. Click on the following centers for more information Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center
, Mallard Creek Rec Center
, Ray's Splash Planet
, Southview Rec Center
, Tuckaseegee Rec Center
, West Charlotte Rec Center Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
(NOTE: Because membership at Aquatic Center includes swimming, it offers one month free on an annual membership).
SIGN-UP NOW FOR 'FAMILY FITNESS BASKETBALL CLINIC' JAN.11 SPONORED BY NBA AND WNBA! FOR KIDS AND PARENTS TO LEARN FUN AND VALUE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is partnering with the NBA/WNBA to present a Family Fitness Clinic at Tom Sykes Recreation Center on Jan. 11, 5:45pm - 7pm. Register at 704 432-4803 or on site just before class begins. Program open to first 75 youth, ages 7-14, and 25 parents who register. Professional NBA clinicians will lead a series of interactive physical activities. Clinic encourages families to adopt physically active lifestyle and emphasizes the "FUN" of fitness. After clinic, the NBA FIT/WNBA FIT Challenge Regional Competition will be held for 32 invited participants who have won local competitions. Event features autograph session with surprise NBA player/legend!
E-PLANT TIPS FOR WINTER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
|January is the quiet season for plants, but they're getting ready for the spring!
In Mecklenburg County, the Cooperative Extension Service is part of Park and Recreation and offers the following tips for gardeners in January:
- Fertilize broad-leaved evergreens in the winter or spring. Fertilizing in the late summer induces late-season growth that is susceptible to winter injury.
- Winter is the time to apply dormant oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids, and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray oils when temperatures are above 40 F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Because the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
- Some plants that should be pruned in later winter or early spring are hydrangea, butterfly bush, Rose-of-Sharon, hibiscus and other summer-flowering shrubs that flower on new growth.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION ARE ALMOST ALWAYS AVAILABLE; WE WELCOME YOUR HELP!
Thousands of volunteers help us at Park and Rec every year. For information on any activity or project below, or to become a volunteer, contact Lori Saylor or 704-336-5478. PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least age 21. Volunteers in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Division must be at Least 18 years old
- Coaches needed for youth flag football, football, soccer, basketball, through Feb. Coaches run one weeknight practice and a game on Saturday each week. Opportunities at many recreation centers. Check list of recreation centers. Call for locations available.
- Baseball Coaches at many locations, Mar–Jun, approximately three hours a week.
- Track and Field Coaches, at many locations from Feb. forward. Takes about three hours a week.
Tennis coaches for spring season at many locations. Takes about three hours a week.
- Therapeutic Enrichment Program Volunteers at Marion Diehl Recreation Center, Mon. through Fri. after school, work with teens, ages13-21,with disabilities. Activities include games, gardening, sports, music, crafts, as well as life skills and socialization. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and able to lift at least 25 pounds, stand and bend. Volunteers will assist set-up and break-down, supervision, etc.
- Volunteers for Adaptive Baseball at Marion Diehl Center Adaptive Field, Saturdays Apr. 17– Jun. 5, 9:30am-10:30am and 11am – 12pm. Two hours a week total. This TR program teaches youth and teens with disabilities the basics of baseball in a fun and caring atmosphere. Assist program facilitator with set up, break down and pair with players as a buddy to s assist with fielding, batting and overall encouragement.
Volunteers to help with the 4H Club at Greenville Recreation Center, one hour a week. Work with staff to lead a 4H program. Curriculum provided.
- Volunteers for programs in the parks, greenways, nature preserves. You choose Date and time, we set you up with a turnkey project. Assist picking up litter, limbs and other debris; mulching, pruning, and planting. Groups needed with 5-25 volunteers.
For more volunteer opportuinities in parks, nature preserves, and rec centers, click here.