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NOVEMBER 2010
Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. We hope that you will have a chance to enjoy fall by participating in one of the many great Park and Rec activities this month. 

Revolution Park Sports Academy is Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's first L.E.E.D. certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility. This 30,000 square foot "green" facility offers life skill development for youth and teens through non-traditional sports, fitness programs and after-school enrichment activities as well as recreation programming for all ages. The facility is part of the Revolution Park complex which includes Revolution Park Golf Course, First Tee facility, and Irwin Creek Greenway.
MCCLINTOCK OUTDOORS CLUB RECEIVES MAJOR FUNDING FOR NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The McClintock Outdoors Club at McDowell Nature Center has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from The North Face Explore Fund as well as $7,500 from the S.T.E.M. program, an affiliation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The funds will help support nature education programming and off-site field trips offered by the club as an effort to curb the rate of childhood obesity and gang involvement in area youth. “The programs that are now available through these funds provide our students with an amazing opportunity to learn hands-on outside the classroom, while battling the growing social trends of childhood obesity, and a local increase in gang activity and violence,” said Anthony Shaheen, environmental educator at McDowell Nature Preserve. The club will use the money to install an interpretive trail on campus as well as a permanent fire ring. The grant will also cover conservation programming, visiting state parks, and rock climbing and camping trips.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2010 FOOTLOCKER SOUTH REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cross country athletes in grades 9-12 are now able to register for the 2010 Footlocker South Regional Cross Country Championships at McAlpine Creek Park. The championships are Saturday, November 27, at 8 a.m. and cost $20 until November 23 and $40 after the 23rd. More than 7,000 participants are expected to compete in the event with the top performers advancing to the national championships in San Diego in December. To register visit www.footlockercc.com.


   
   Charles T Myers is one of five golf courses owned by the county.

LEARN TO PLAY GOLF IN FIVE DAYS AT CHARLES T MYERS GOLF COURSE

Charles T Myers Golf Course will host a Get Golf Ready session beginning November 20 at 9:30 a.m. The session will be the first of a five part series designed to teach the fundamentals of golf to anyone interested in learning. The series runs through December 18 and cost $99, which includes all instruction, loaner clubs (if needed), $20 range ball certificate, and free time on the Learning Course at Charles T. Myers. For more information visit www.playgolfamerica.com or call Charles T. Myers at 704 536-1692.


   
 NC Community Sailing and Rowing operates as a partnership with Park and Recreation.  

NC COMMUNITY SAILING AND ROWING OFFERS INTRODUCTORY SAILING LESSONS EACH SATURDAY IN NOVEMBER

NC Community Sailing and Rowing will offer introductory sailing lessons every Saturday afternoon in November from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.  NCCSR will lead individuals and groups from our facility at Blythe Landing Park to the Ramsey Creek section of Lake Norman. Come enjoy the fall colors while learning about the world's most efficient mode of transportation! Cost is $35 per participant. Capacity is limited, so call and reserve your spot early. Phone 704-947-7245 or email. Blythe Landing is located about two miles west of I-77 exit 25.



   
   4H provides youth with the opportunity to learn new skills while serving their community.

4-H OFFERS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS IN NOVEMBER

Mecklenburg County 4-H is offering three different training sessions for volunteers in November. The sessions are located at the Cooperative Extension Office Training Center, 1418 Armory Drive and cost $5 each. The classes are as follows:
  • 4-H Experimental Learning, Thurs., Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn and be able to apply the five steps of the Model. Course Code 13829
  • 4-H Puppetry Cirriculum, Tues., Nov. 9, at 9:30 a.m. Participants will experience four lessons from the cirriculum that teaches expressive arts through puppetry. Course Code 13833
  • Project Wild, Wed., Nov. 17, and Fri., Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. This class will focus on conservation and environmental education. Course Code 16447

E-PLANT TIPS FOR NOVEMBER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM

  • November is a key month to apply fertilizer to cool-season lawn types. It promotes root development that will allow your lawn to survive the harsh dry days of summer next year.
  • If you’ve been considering planting trees and shrubs, this is the time of year you’ll get your best results. Plant roots have plenty of time left to become established before water is limited during summer months.
  • Keep your shears and loppers in good working order. Wipe them with a rag dipped in paint thinner to remove sticky resins. Sharpen and oil thoroughly.
  • Cut away suckers from the base of lilacs, forsythia, and crape myrtle.

PARK AND RECREATION VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR WINS STATEWIDE HONOR

The volunteer services coordinator for the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is a recipient of the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service for 2010. Lori Saylor was one of only 20 people in the state recognized with this honor. In announcing the award, Faye Stone of the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service said, “With so many deserving volunteers in competition for this award, the process for selecting the top 20 volunteers in the state was challenging.” Selection is based on the nominee’s volunteer efforts, accomplishments, and impact in the community, and reflects a meaningful commitment of time and service. Saylor began the Park and Recreation volunteer effort in 2004 with just 100 residents who were willing to pick up trash in local parks. The volunteer program has now grown to more than 16,000 people doing work ranging from planting flowers to serving at special Park and Rec events to being recreation center ambassadors. The volunteer work is meant to supplement the efforts of full-time Park and Recreation employees. Last year, volunteers spent 100,000 hours doing County projects. That time is valued at over $2 million according to the Points of Light Foundation. The newest programs are:

  • Rec Buddies: Support Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department staff in providing quality recreation and leisure services to the community including after-school programs, grounds maintenance and special events.
  • Park Partners: Support staff with the implementation of a broad range of beautification and maintenance projects in our Parks and Greenways.
  • Park Ambassadors: Volunteers in this position act as hosts to patrons in the parks and on our greenways, providing the highest level of customer service to park patrons.

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 November. For more information contact Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504. 


 



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