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Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F

Contact

Patsy Houston
704-336-3854

MAY 2010

Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. If you are looking for recreation opportunities this spring and summer, often for FREE, check out these listings and visit www.parkandrec.com for many more. Now is a great time to come to our parks, nature preserves, greenways, aquatic facilities and recreation centers.

   
Revolution Park Sports Academy is our first LEED-certified building that meets tough "green" standards and energy efficiency requirements.  

PARK AND REC TO OPEN A MAJOR NEW SPORTS ACADEMY IN WEST CHARLOTTE FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS ON MAY 8

Mecklenburg Park and Recreation holds the grand opening Sat. May 8 at 10am for Revolution Park Sports Academy. . Public is invited to tour the academy, beside Revolution Park Golf Course. See opening ceremony, boxers sparring, youth in the weight room, golf and Zumba demonstrations, wrestling, plus interactive experiences: Try on boxing gloves, tumble on mats, do the Zumba, try weight equipment, check-out computer lab. The $10 million, 30,000 sq ft Revolution Park Sports Academy teaches life skills to youth and adults, especially through sports. The academy will be open every day but Sundays


MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR NRPA GOLD MEDAL AWARD THIS YEAR!

Recreation professionals consider the Gold Medal Awards as the top national recognition of an outstanding parks and recreation agency by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). A panel of leading experts chose our department among three finalists for this year's Gold Medal among communities with a population of more than 250,000! The single winner in our category will be announced in October. The Gold Medal honors recreation programs in communities throughout the US that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

   
 We say Bark in the Park is for "dogs and the people they own."  

BARK IN THE PARK, DRAWS A HUGE CROWD OF PEOPLE AND DOGS AGAIN THIS YEAR

More than 14,000 people, most with dogs, attended the 2010 PedigreeĀ® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion on Apr. 24 at Metrolina Expo. It was exciting for all who came. There were dogs of every size, shape, description and breed. People had great fun looking at all the dogs. From the dogs' point of view, they had great fun seeing people of every size, shape and description. If you want to view some wonderful scenes from the festival, just click on the Bark in the Park video or slideshow








MECKLENBURG PARK AND REC OFFERS YOUTH TENNIS CAMPS IN JUNE AND JULY AT TOM SYKES RECREATION CENTER

Do you ever wish you learned to play tennis right? We invited youth, ages 5-14, to sign-up for summer tennis camps at Tom Sykes.Rec Center Participants choose one of four sessions. Sessions last one week and runs 8:45am-5pm. They will be held Jun. 14-18, 21-25, Jun. 28-Jul. 2, or Jul. 12-16. The camps teach fundamentals and offer match play. Participants bring their lunch. Cost: $150 for the week. Camp offered in partnership with RDU Tennis of NC. To register visit www.rdutennis.net.


2010 YOUTH BASEBALL SEASON IS NOW UNDERWAY AT MANY PARK AND RECREATION VENUES

The fields have been prepped, the lines chalked, the bases are in place for the great American spring and summer pastime. Baseball league play began Sat., Apr. 17, at six Park and Rec parks: Sugaw Creek, Revolution, Tuckaseegee, Veterans, Briarwood and Elon Parks. Play continues through June. The leagues offer four age divisions, 6 and under, 8 and under, 10 and under and 12 and under. The leagues are comprised of 84 teams, have more than 1,200 players and 168 volunteer coaches. Fans are invited to Come out to enjoy the sport and and support the kids as the umpires shout "Batter up. Play ball!"

   
The NC Community Sailing Center operates in partnership with Park and Rec at Blythe Landing.  

NC COMMUNITY SAILING AND ROWING CENTER OFFERS YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS AT BLYTHE LANDING

The NC Community Sailing and Rowing Center offers summer sailing camps for youth at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman. The focus is to have fun, learn to sail, and generate a lifetime love of the sport. Training will be on fleets of Sunfish and 420 class sailboats. A swim test is required. Twenty sessions, each a week long, are offered Jun. 7- Aug. 16. Cost: $225. Morning (9am-noon) and afternoon (1pm-4pm) sessions for youth, ages 11-17, for novice through advanced experience. Go to www.nccsailrow.org to register. Or call 704 947-7245 for more info.




GRAB YOUR BIKE AND COME TO FREEDOM PARK FOR A SCAVENGER HUNT ON LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY

Park and Recreation hosts a FREE scavenger hunt on Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Freedom Park, Sat. May 8, 1pm-3pm, to educate and encourage people how to use greenways to go places. The scavenger hunt features errands and tasks on the greenway and nearby streets. Bring a bike and a bag for prizes! Children under age 16 must be with an adult. Not for kids on training wheels.

   
In Mecklenburg County, Master Gardeners are organized by the NC Cooperative Extension Service, and operate as part of Park and Rec.  

MASTER GARDENER SPRING PLANT SALE MAY 8 AT REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET ON YORKMONT ROAD

Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners offer a wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees for sale at the Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, 1801 Yorkmont Road , Sat., May 8, 8am-1pm. Volunteer Master Gardeners offer plants propagated from their own gardens at low prices and a wide, unusual selection."We are always delighted to see what unique plants our volunteers will donate to the sale from their own gardens" said Judy Martin, Plant Sale Chair,"these plants are perfectly adapted to our region." Proceeds of sale go to educational programs. Master Gardeners offer advice and answer gardening questions.


MASTER GARDENERS GROW ALL KINDS OF THINGS WITH GREAT SUCCESS; THEY WANT TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DO IT, TOO

Mecklenburg Master Gardeners offer two special programs this month: VEGETABLE GARDENS, May 20, 6 pm at McDowell Nature Center . Learn how to grow your own vegetables using latest techniques, research on materials, soils and gardening practices with Master Gardener Carol Carraux. BACKYARD COMPOSTING, Sat, May 22, 12:30 pm at Reedy Creek Park  . Learn how 'recycling' kitchen garbage and lawn waste to save money, and why 'grass recycling' is good for lawns. See how compost provides rich soils for yard and garden swith Master Gardener Nancy DeVries. For more call 704-336-4011.


SIGN-UP FOR A FUN LEARNING SERIES FOR SENIORS AT ALBEMARLE ROAD RECREATION CENTER IN MAY

Register now for Park and Rec's "Spring Leisure and Learn," series of fun and informative activities for seniors, Tuesdays, May 11, 18, and 25, 10:30am-2pm at Albemarle.Road Rec Center. For active adults, ages 55 and better--retirees, empty nesters, boomers! Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Maryanne Daly of the Better Business Bureau Consumer Foundation are keynote speakers. Also includes sessions on: Wood carving for beginners, beginners line dancing, Ask the Pharmacist, a bridge social, chef/cooking demonstrations, and Technology 101 by the Geek Squad (how to choose the best cell phone, computer and digital television for you). Cost: $12 for series, includes coffee/refreshments, lunch, blood pressure checks, door prizes. Register on  Eparks and use Course Code #8669, or call 311. For more info call Michelle Hitselberger: 980 722-2251.


PARK AND REC HOLDS PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY CLINIC, MAY 15 AT THE 'EXTREME ICE CENTER' IN INDIAN TRAIL

Mecklenburg Park and Rec invites individuals with physical/visual disabilities, ages 13 and older, to sign-up for a Paralympic sled hockey clinic on Sat., May 15, 2pm-4pm, at Extreme Ice Center, of 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road. Indian Trail . Sled hockey is a Paralympic sport similar to traditional hockey but uses a sled with skates mounted under the seat and two modified sticks. Thisclinic introduce the sport and focuses on skill development and rules, offered through the our Therapeutic Recreation Section which promotes physical activity for youth and adults with disabilities. Cost: $15. Deadline to register is May 12. To register or for more info contact Jana McMullen, 704-432-4330.

   
Our horticulture team does a wonderful job keeping parks and greenways ablaze with blooms of the season!  

HAVE YOU NOTICED THE BEAUTY IN PARKS AND ALONG GREENWAYS? IT'S THE WORK OF THE AWARD-WINNING PARK AND REC HORTICULTURE TEAM

Congratulations to Park and Rec Horticulture Technician James Collins who won an Urban Conservation Award given by the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District. James received it for several conservation efforts including the Arts and Science Council Functional Art Project at the Little Sugar Creek with artist Daniel McCormick, Invasive plant removal projects along Little Sugar Creek, and working with Audubon Society to remove invasive plants in Latta Park. James will be honored at a dinner May 4!




E-PLANT TIPS FOR MAY FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

In Mecklenburg County, the Cooperative Extension Service is part of Park and Recreation and offers tips for gardeners. The following are recommended shrubs for landscape planting in May:
  • 'Crown Jewel' Gardenia- this gardenia only grows 2 ft high and 5 ft wide. Good to use as low hedge or foundation plant.
  • 'Limelight' Hydrangea- Grows well in full sun to light shade and will mature to a 6 to 8 feet height.
  • 'Kaleidoscope' Abelia- this Abelia has a low spreading habit that makes it a great ground-covering shrub.

CAUTION: When planting in late spring be sure to provide adequate watering through the dryer summer months.


PARK AND RECREATION ANTICIPATES MUCH GREATER VOLUNTEER NEEDS BEGINNING THIS SUMMER. CAN YOU HELP?

Volunteers mean so much to Park and Recreation now, and we anticipate our needs will grow significantly in the new fiscal year (beginning in July) in light of expected County budget cuts. We plan to announce major new volunteer programs soon. Please think about whether you can help us with programs and maintenance! In the past year Park and Rec had almost 17,000 volunteers who provided more than 113,000 hours of service. Stay tuned for our call for expanded volunteer efforts. .More information on current volunteer needs. Volunteer contact - Lori Saylor or 704 336-5478.











Address

Office Location:

Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F

Contact

Patsy Houston
704-336-3854