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OCTOBER 2012
Park and Rec has plenty of great things going on in October including the 10th anniversary celebration for Ray's Splash Planet (Oct 21).   

 

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Youth basketball
REGISTRATION IS UNDERWAY FOR PARK AND REC’S YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES
 

Park and Rec invites parents with children interested in playing basketball, ages 3-18, to register for the upcoming Winter Girl’s, Recreation, and Open Leagues. Space is limited, so register early! A birth certificate is required for proof of age, determined as of Jan. 1, 2013. Registration fees are: $45 for ages 3-4, $55 for ages 5-6, $65 for ages 7-18. The registration fee covers league play and a uniform. Registration deadlines are as follows: Girl’s and Open - Monday, October 15 and Coed - Wednesday, October 31. League play runs January-February for girl and co-ed, with practices beginning in November. Teams will be formed utilizing a draft system in an effort to balance competition. To register, click here. You may also call 311 or go to your nearest recreation center, and staff can assist you. For organizations registering teams to play in the Open Leagues, the fee is $400 per team. The Open league ages are: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18. Groups that register as an Open team must provide their own uniforms and secure their own practice sites.


RENOWNED PUBLIC GARDEN DESIGNER TO VISIT CHARLOTTE

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will welcome Lynden Miller, a world-renowned public garden designer, to Charlotte to speak about the importance of preserving open space and making places memorable. The event, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 25, at 6 p.m., in Tate Hall (inside the Overcash Building), on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. Parking is available at the Student/Faculty deck off 4th Street. During her trip, Miller will also meet with Park and Recreation’s Horticulture staff to relate her approach to various landscape design challenges.

About Lynden Miller
Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, which she rescued and restored beginning in 1982. Her work includes gardens for The Central Park Zoo, Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Madison Square Park, and Wagner Park in Battery Park City as well as many smaller projects in all five boroughs and beyond, including waterfront gardens in Red Hook, Brooklyn, improvements to Union Square Park and the 97th Street Park Avenue Mall, renovation of the “Gateway to Harlem” Broadway Mall at 135th Street, Loeb Plaza for Hunter College, the 67th Street Armory, and the completion of a garden design for the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Miller has designed and enhanced the campus landscapes at Princeton University, Stony Brook University, and Columbia University, where she continues to work on new projects. Most recent projects include the Chelsea Cove Entry Garden at Hudson River Park, the British Garden at Hanover Square, and the reinvigoration of the Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park.


WESLEY HEIGHTS GREENWAY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP, OCT 15 AT  FREEDOM PARK

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Greenway Advisory Council will host a Community Workshop on Oct 15, 6 p.m., at Freedom Park's Mahlon Adams Pavilion, to gain citizen input on the design and construction of an extension to the Wesley Heights Greenway. The proposed greenway section will extend the existing Irwin Creek Greenway through Cedar Yards to Cedar Street.

PARK AND REC MENTORING PROGRAM PROVIDES VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE TO LOCAL YOUTH

In February 2012, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department began the Recreation Employment Corp program to help local youth gain valuable first time work experience and positive life skills. The program provides teens, ages 14 – 17, with the opportunity to serve as mentees at various recreation facilities around the County. Each participant works closely with an assigned recreation supervisor for 10 hours a week through November. Mentees are compensated for their time and are held accountable for adhering to policies and procedures like other County employees. Recruitment for the REC program began in fall 2011. Park and Recreation staff identified potential candidates – teens currently active in Park and Recreation programs – and developed an application process consisting of a written essay and an in-person interview. Sixty teens applied and 20 were selected to participate. “We are proud to offer this wonderful program which gives students the chance to develop positive working skills and habits which will serve them throughout life,” said Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. “It is a great example of Park and Rec’s commitment to providing an atmosphere that stresses both education and personal growth." Park and Recreation staff will begin accepting applications November 1 for the 2013 program, which will include 40 spots, after the inaugural class graduates in November. Video




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