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JUNE 2011
June signals the start of summer and what better place to spend it than at one of Park and Rec's beautiful parks, Nature Preserves or Rec Centers! Check out the E-Newsletter for information on programs and events occurring in June.

On May 3, 2011, the Revolution park Golf Course was renamed the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park to honor the contributions Dr. Sifford has made to the game of golf as well as the local community. Check out the video!  

   Get Going Guide
  Click here to find out about Park and Rec's outstanding summer programs and events!
SUMMER GET GOING Guide NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE


The summer 2011 issue of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Get Going Guide is now available online. This is the fourth edition of the guide’s new online-only format. This issue features a comprehensive list of Park and Rec summer camps that are now available for registration. The Get Going Guide is posted as a PDF and linked to download from other County sites. The new format allows for fresher content in each issue as well as quicker access to program and event registration since it will be linked directly to E-Parks. And, for extra convenience, the Get Going Guide is easy to download and save to your computer desktop for reference or printing. The fall 2011 issue will be available in August and cover September, October and November.

INAUGURAL HATS OFF TO PARKS LUNCHEON RAISES MONEY FOR PARK PROJECTS

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department held its inaugural Hats Off to Parks Luncheon on May 5, kicking off a series of “park parties” aimed at raising funds for various park projects in the Charlotte area. The luncheon included a silent auction with funds going toward building a playground in the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park in west Charlotte. Check out a slideshow of the event. If you would like to make a donation, visit Partners for Parks.

PARK AND REC PARTNERS WITH WENDY'S TO OFFER FREE SWIM LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

Park and Recreation’s outdoor pools in partnership with Wendy’s will offer FREE swimming lessons for youngsters with sessions for ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 at: 

  • Cordelia Pool: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • Double Oaks Pool: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m., 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m-11:45 a.m.

Registration for lessons will be accepted, beginning on Wednesday, June 15, at the pool you wish to attend. Registration will be taken every Wednesday beginning at noon for the following week only. Registration is week-by-week and must be done in person. No phone reservations will be taken. All reservations are first come, first served. Spots are limited. 

PARK AND REC AND WENDY'S TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD'S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON EVENT EVENT JUNE 14 

Park and Rec in partnership with Wendy's will participate as a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2011 on Tuesday, June 14 beginning at 11 a.m. Double Oaks Pool will serve as the venue for the event which is a global effort aiming to spread awareness about the importance of teaching children how to swim. Waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the world will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. If you would like to participate in the WLSL, please register at either of the two neighborhood pools.

 Aquatic Center  
The Aquatic Center is a world class facility featuring a 50 meter competition pool, 25 yard therapeutic pool, fitness center, and hot tub.  
MECKLENBURG COUNTY AQUATIC CENTER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Festivities will begin with a cookout at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the unveiling of the new state-of-the-art LED Scoreboard will be conducted by honored guest(s), and an anniversary cake will be offered to all. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.


ENJOY FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES EACH WEEKEND THROUGH SEPTEMBER AT MCDOWELL NATURE CENTER


The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the community to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax with family activities each weekend through September at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve. The activities are part of a series called “The Great Urban Escape,” and include: Playing with Fire, Family Campfire, Nature at Night Hayrides, Messy by Nature, Live Animal Talks and Family Kayak Tours. Activities kick off each Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with Playing with Fire at the McDowell Campground fire pit. Learn a lifesaving technique of starting a “matchless” fire. Afterwards, hang out around the campfire, sing songs, play games, listen to stories and eat s’mores. A limited seating Nature at Night Hayride departs at 8:15 p.m. from the campfire. Hayrides cost $1 a person and requires pre-registration. Registration is not required for the campfire. Live Animal Talks are offered each Saturday and Sunday. Talks on Saturday are from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get dirty with Messy by Nature from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday, with a variety of messy crafts outside the Nature Center. Family Kayak Tours launch from the waterfront deck area each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and each Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 5 and older may participate and the cost is $15 per single boat and $20 for a tandem. Children ages 5 to 9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required. No registration is required for Animal Talk and Messy by Nature activities. Bring a picnic and spend the day or make it a weekend and camp in the only public campground in Mecklenburg County. RV, pull-through and tent sites are available. A limited number of rent-a-tent sites are also available. Call the Campground office at 704-583-1284 to make your reservation.

LEISURE AND LEARN SENIOR SUMMER CAMP EACH THURSDAY IN JUNE


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s popular ‘Leisure and Learn’ program will offer a Senior Summer Camp for adults ages 55 and older every Thursday in June at William R. Davie Park, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road. The camp is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and cost $5, which includes lunch. Participants will enjoy the following activities:

  • Photography
  • Scrapbooking
  • Gardening
  • Dancing
  • Cooking
  • Financial planning
  • And much more!
The camp will conclude with a free luau on Thursday, June 30. To register for the camp, visit E-Parks or contact Crystal Long  at 704-353-1237.


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Transportation will be provided from Mallard Creek Recreation Center at 8 a.m. and Albemarle Road Recreation Center at 8:45 a.m.

   Tennis
  Tennis camps are offered at six Park and Rec facilities this summer!

MECKLENBURG PARK AND REC OFFERS SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS AND CLINICS

Park and Rec is proud to offer tennis camps and clinics this summer at six facilities. Youth camps and clinics and adult clinics will be offered at the following locations; Jeff Adams Tennis Center, Park Road Park, Colonel Francis Beatty Park, Freedom Park, Veterans Park and Tom Sykes Recreation Center. Days, times and price vary per location, for more information please visit Park and Rec Youth Tennis, or Park and Rec Adult Tennis.

SPRITE CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE GRADY COLE CENTER

During the month of June, your green Sprite can tabs are worth money to the Grady Cole Center! In a partnership with K104.7, from June 1 to June 30, you can drop off your green Sprite can tabs at the Grady Cole Center’s office. For every green tab we collect, Sprite will donate 10 cents to the Grady Cole Center for improvements to the facility. You can also drop off your green Sprite can tabs in South Charlotte at Dogtopia, 616 Springbrook Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, or in the Lake Norman area at Kids Emporium, 18724 Statesville Road Cornelius, NC 28031. 

 E-PLANT TIPS FOR JUNE FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM
  • Lacebugs are likely to attack azaleas this time of year, particularly if azaleas are receiving a lot of sun. Treat with acephate in June if you see blanched or stippled appearance on the upper surface of the leaves. You will also see black “tar” spots on the underside of leaves.
  • Water plants of all types in the early morning hours. Avoid evening watering since it can increase the likelihood of fungal diseases.
  • Lowering mowing height on fescue lawn grass to 3 inches can help minimize brown patch disease.

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 June. For more information on volunteering contact Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504.







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