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SEPTEMBER 2010
Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. September signals the start of fall which means cooler temperatures, perfect for spending some time in one of our beautiful parks or nature preserves.  We hope this newsletter provides some good ideas on ways to stay active in Mecklenburg County.

LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY AND STREAM RESTORATION  

The video below shows the transformation of the most prominent section of Little Sugar Creek.
August 6, 2010 marked the official opening of Little Sugar Creek's signature section.  Nearly 175 people joined the celebration to get a glance of the section which stretches from Charlotte Avenue to Morehead Street.  This section, which was once a parking lot, now features over 3,000 feet of paved greenway, a large fountain with plaza seating, a visitor's kiosk, and park benches and bike racks. Little Sugar Creek's transformation symbolizes the community's commitment to protecting and enhancing its natural resources. 

   
This year Park and Rec partnered with Wendy's to offer free swimming lessons to more than 2,400 individuals at both of its outdoor pools.  

OUTDOOR POOLS TO CLOSE LABOR DAY; SPRAYGROUNDS REMAIN OPEN ON WEEKENDS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26

Park and Recreation will close its outdoor swimming pools for the season on Labor Day, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. These pools include: Cordelia and Double Oaks. Spraygrounds will continue to operate daily until September 6. After September 6, the spraygrounds will operate on WEEKENDS ONLY (September 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26). All facilities will close for the season on September 26. In 2011, the outdoor pools and spraygrounds will operate under the same summer schedule from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Sprayground locations

   
Our Children's Memorial Walkway has more than 1,000 engraved bricks in memory of children of all ages.  

OUR CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL WALKWAY HOLDS 6TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VICTIMS OF 9/11

Our Children's Memorial Walkway Inc invites the community to attend the 6th annual "Charlotte Remembers 9/11 Service" on Saturday, September 11 at 8:30am. The Walkway is located in Frazier Park. This is the 9th anniversary of 9/11. The service will be a time of special remembrance of those who died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the four airplanes brought down that day. An Honor Guard from the Charlotte Fire Dept will open the service, followed by a prayer, releasing of balloons with 9/11 tags, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will provide a bugler for taps. A section of the service will be opened for remarks from anyone interested in speaking. 

   
Nearly 100,000 visitors attend Festival in the Park each year.  

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK  BRINGS ART, MUSIC, FOOD AND PLENTY OF FUN TO FREEDOM PARK, SEPT. 23-26

Freedom Park will soon be filled with thousands of people from all across the Carolinas enjoying the sights and sounds of the 46th annual Festival in the Park . This nationally recognized event provides an opportunity for visitors to see more than 150 artists who actively display their work.  More than a thousand entertainers will be performing at the main band shell and surrounding stages throughout the park.

Fesitval Schedule
  • Thurs. September 23 - 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Fri. September 24 Kid's Day 10 am- 1 pm
  • Fri. September 24 - 1 pm- 9:30 pm
  • Sat. September 25 - 10 am – 9:30 pm
  • Sun September 26- 11 am – 6 pm

Directions to Freedom Park

RECREATION CENTERS HAVE NEW HOURS OF OPERATION FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

Recreation Centers are now operating on new hours for September and October. Most centers will be closed on Sundays, Friday evenings, and Monday mornings. Greenville, First Ward, St. Paul "Ray of Hope", and Amay James Recreation Centers have officially closed.
Complete listing of Rec Center hours

NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PARTNERS WITH 10% CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE LOCAL FOOD

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County is partnering with the 10% Campaign to support and promote local food producers.  The campaign is an effort to encourage North Carolina consumers to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on foods from local sources. Through the campaign website consumers and business will pledge to spend 10 percent of their food dollars locally, purchasing products from area farmers and food producers. Campaign participants will receive weekly email reminders to report how much money they spent on local food. For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can participate, visit www.nc10percent.com.

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

  • Fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Start planning now if you’re likely to add shrubs and trees to your landscape. Always think about selecting the right plant for the right place. Pay attention to the soil type, soil moisture, and sun/shade conditions that the particular plant you’re considering needs. Also, consider the physical space the plant requires too!
  • Damage from caterpillars feeding on trees and shrubs in late summer is not a problem. No treatment is needed since the leaves of trees and shrubs have been utilized by the plant to manufacture the food reserves needed to sustain plant growth through dormancy and the early growth period of the following spring. 
  • Plant a bulb on its side if you’re unsure which side is top and which is the bottom. The stem will always grow upright.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION

Park and Recreation thanks all the volunteers who helped us in the past year. For information on volunteering contact: Lori Saylor.

SUPPORT NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE BY VOLUNTEERING IN FREEDOM PARK

Park and Recreation will participate in the second officially-designated National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th with landscaping and beautification projects in Freedom Park. Service projects will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the result of a seven-year effort started by 9/11 family members and support groups.  This event is held to encourage all Americans to voluntarily participate in service activities in observance of the anniversary of 9/11 each year. The event strives to honor the victims and heroes of that tragic day and rekindle the unity that brought Americans and the world together in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. To participate, contact Lori Saylor. Please include your name, the number of volunteers in your group and your phone number.



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