WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK AND RECREATION
August 3 2012
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In The News: Other Recent Volunteer Ops
Park News P.1 Enterprise Services P.2 Enterprise Services & CRCS P.4
Park and Recreation re‐ cently partnered with “A Child’s Place” school by separating and sorting by size and gender 625 chil‐ dren’s uniforms. Project Challenge brought two teenagers to work on this project for this part‐ nership effort which was a success for all those involved.
Learn More About Volun‐ teer Opportunities: Contact Lori Saylor (704) 353‐0504
Brown (704) 336‐3509
Community & Recreation Center Services P.6
SuperTeam & Volunteers Team Up for SuperBuild! Playground Build at Lakewood Park On Wednesday July 25 the SuperTeam joined Peter Cook and his co‐workers in a Playground Build at Lakewood Park. The day began wet and rainy and progressed into a bright and sunny finish. This physical project was a good exercise for everybody working as a team. The children of this neighborhood now have a super place to play for years to come.
DID YOU KNOW ~ Disc Golf Park and Recreation Disc golf is a flying disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, "The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc."
Of the more than 3000 established disc golf courses as of 2010, approximately 87% are
2012 Professional Disc Golf Association
free. The number of disc golf courses has more than doubled in 8 years from 2000 to 2008. The game is played in about 40 countries around the world.
2012 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation partnered with the Charlotte Disc Golf Club to host the 2012 PDGA World Champi‐ onships. Over 1,100 competitors from 13 countries and 47 states competed in the largest Disc Golf tournament in the history of the sport. Fourteen different courses were used over the seven day event. Things got started on Saturday, July 14 with doubles competition in three divisions; Pro, Ama‐ teur and Junior. These rounds were played at Bradford Park, Hornets Nest Park and Elon Park. On Sunday, July 15, Renaissance Park was used for the field events portion of the event. Competitors competed in long drive, skill shot, hot shot and putting competitions. The World Putting Champion, Weston Isaacs, was crowned under the lights on center court at Jeff Adams Tennis Center and broadcasted live, worldwide, on Disc Golf Planet TV. Twenty‐four divisions competed over 5 days at fourteen courses to decide who the World Champion would be in each division. The week of play concluded at Hornets Nest Park on Saturday, July 21, with the finals for all divisions. Large crowds, esti‐ mated at over 2,000, gathered to watch the best players in the world compete for this honor. The youngest World Champion, 10‐year old Forrest Deason of Oklahoma City, OK won the Boys 10 and under division. Carlos Rigby of Alexandria, VA was the oldest World Champion crowned at 75 years young, winning the Senior Legends Divi‐ sion.
It’s All About INVOLVEMENT. Getting citizens from various demographics involved in the community and helping them become advocates for Parks, Natural Resources and Community Recreation Services is a great way to create citizen involvement.
Disc golf can be played with any Frisbee disc but special
Paul McBeth captured the Men’s Open Pro division for his first World Championship and Sarah Hokom captured the Women’s Open Pro division with at 25’ putt on the final hole to claim vic‐ tory. Kenny “The Champ” Climbo once again earned his nickname by becoming the first player to ever become World Champion in both the Pro Open and Pro Masters Division. Local Charlotte player and Charlotte Disc Golf member, Jim Banbury, won the Advanced Senior Grandmasters division for his first World Championship. Congratulations to all the players on an outstanding event. For a full recap of results visit www.pdga.com. For more information on the disc golf courses Charlotte Mecklenburg County Park and Recrea‐ tion has partnered with the Charlotte Disc Golf Club to build throughout Park and Recreation facilities contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
discs are made for better playing technique. Course questions may be answered by calling Alan Beaver at (704) 336-3586.
Discover the playing power of disc golf! It's an inexpensive game and courses are located throughout the county in several parks. There is no charge to play these courses.
Park/Course Location: Skill Level: Elon Park...11401 Ardrey Kell Road. beginner/intermediate Hornets Nest Park…6301 Beatties Ford Rd. advance/professional Kilborne Park………..2600 Kilborne Dr. beginner/intermediate Reedy Creek Park….2900 Rocky River Rd. beginner/intermediate Renaissance Park….1200 W. Tyvola Rd. advance/professional Sugaw Creek Park…943 W. Sugar Creek Rd. intermediate/advance Veterans Park….……2136 Central Ave. beginner/intermediate
For more Information also visit: www.charlottedgc.com/ (charlotte disc golf club)
Park Operations News
Hidden Gems: Did You See Us?
Freedom Park will be one of 20 locations where Charlotte residents can rent bikes to get moving. The bike share program is run Charlotte B‐cycle. They are the largest urban bike sharing program in the Southeast. The program has 200 blue bikes and 20 stations strategically placed throughout Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods from JCSU to Freedom Park. Users can pick up a blue bike at any B‐station and drop it off at any other B‐station. The Freedom Park station was installed this week near the park’s Bandshell and the bikes will be available August 1! For information or to become a member please visit http://charlotte.bcycle.com
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Horticulture Supervisor Tim Turton spotted MCPRD in the August Edition of Our State Magazine.
Check out the August issue of Our State Maga‐ zine, page 138, for a wonderful article about Charlotte. The first pic‐ ture in the article is Fourth Ward Park, taken this year.
Let us know if we’re caught doing good!
Over 6500 attended the 2012 Night Beat event on Sunday July 29, 2012 at Memorial Stadium. This event is a drum corp. spectacu‐ lar that consisted of 8 teams from across the country. Teams travelled from California, Boston, Illinois and other states to perform. This marked the first time returning to Memorial Stadium since 2008. The event had been held for over 20 years at Memorial Stadium prior to 2008.
CRCS South Corridor Youth Boxing Program at Revolution Park Sports Academy: Congratulations to Head Coach, Al Simpson and the Charlotte Boxing Academy’s under 16 com‐ petitor Steven Lawrence who were members of the USA 2012 Junior Boxing Team at the Junior World Championships held in Kurgan, Russia from July 13‐21. Team USA team placed 1st and re‐ ceived Most Outstanding Boxer awards. The team participated in a one week training camp be‐ fore competing against 121 countries event. For more information on this and other boxing pro‐ grams for youth and adults, call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704‐432‐4963.
Berewick Recreation Center Summer Camp Celebrates the Olympics: In light of the Olympics beginning, the children in Berewick’s traditional summer camp, have been paying special tribute by playing the games and sports that Olympic athletes compete in.
The children have enjoyed competing in team relay races, basketball, and handball; along with individual competitions in long jump, vertical jump, and longest jump rope without stopping. Children have en-
Youth and Adult Athletics in Full Swing Currently MCPRD Enterprise services has coordinating the hosting of a Youth Summer Athletics Camp at the Grady Cole Center. There are 20 kids participating in the camp. These youth are learning basketball, volleyball, track & field, soccer, gator ball and foot‐ ball. In addition to softball we are continuing with regular season games in basketball Men’s 30+ and Men’s B league. Also starting is the Summer Women’s Basketball League, Au‐ gust 29th at the Tuckaseegee Recreation Center. Flag football will start the first week of August and games will be held at Frazier Park. MCPRD will also be hosting the Annual 3 on 3 “STILL GOT GAME” tournaments at Tuckaseegee Recreation Center August 4th and 5th.
joyed the friendly competition with each other and also cheering on their teammates.
Thru the summer, Berewick has had 48 children each week of camp in ages ranging from 6 -11 years old. For more information about Summer Camps or other programming, please contact Berewick Recreation Center at 704.432.4934 or BerewickRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov
“Naomi Drenan Introduces “Teens Together!”: Naomi Drenan Recreation Center will introduce, “Teens To‐ gether.”
This program will create fun and enriching teen ses‐ sions for high school stu‐ dents including leisure and recreation, pursue future careers, enhance quality of life through leadership de‐ velopment & support and become productive, re‐ sponsible citizens of their community through com‐ munity service activities. Our volunteer mentors/ coaches will provide sup‐ port and guidance through weekly teen sessions held on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information about this and other pro‐ grams, contact Nao‐ miDrenanRecreationCente r@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov <or call 704.432.5231.
Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities “End Of Journey” Teen X-Treme at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center On Friday, July 27th, staff at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center said farewell to a special group
of teens. They participated in a two week Teen X‐Treme Summer Camp program. During the two weeks, the teens went horseback riding, toured Johnson C. Smith University, toured WPEG Power 98, visited Carowinds, became chefs and more! They had a blast with the fun trips, guest speakers, and daily team building exercises. They also learned “How to be an effective teen and a leader in their community”. At the end of camp they recited the Leader’s Motto and gave presentations about what they learned and loved about their camp experience. The staff would like to thank all the teens for their participation, the parents, and most of all, our sponsors (CMPD, Sparkling Diamond Lodge, Christ Assembly Church, and Crosspoint Church) and guest speakers (BJ Murphy of 103.3 WGIV, DJ Dexter Dynamite of Thank God For DJ’s, KD Brown, and Q‐Foundation). For more information about this or other programs, con‐ tact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704.432.5231.
MYEP Employee Shines @ “The View” Kiana Bennett, an employee from the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, has been assisting with the day‐to‐day operations at Southview Recreation Center as well as The Boys and Girls Summer Camp that is housed at the site. Kiana has led various activities including games, arts & crafts, and gym time. She recently led an activity in which 6‐8 year olds created and decorated their own bird houses to take home. The kids were truly engaged in the project and Kiana did an excellent job facilitating it. For more information on programs and volunteer opportunities, please contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.392.7452.
It’s All About INVOLVEMENT. The Therapeutic Recreation vision is ...
To provide therapeutic recrea‐ tion services for individuals who have disabilities that fo‐ cus on abilities, rather than disabilities and encourage people to attain their highest level of independent leisure functioning by increasing lei‐
sure skills, improving social
Journey of Hope:
and communication skills,
increasing independent living
On Friday, July 27, 2012, the Therapeutic Recreation Camps received a RIDE IN from 35 rid‐ ers with the Journey of Hope. Comprised of members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity the ride fo‐ cuses on spreading a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities. Journey of Hope is a cross‐country bicycle trek beginning in San Francisco (North), Los Ange‐ les (South) and Seattle (TransAmerica) and ending together with all teams in Washington, D.C. The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. We were honored to welcome the Southern team who not only visited with us but also captained campers on our tandem cycles for a ride.
skills and increasing their awareness of and involvement in community recreational activities; to advocate for and ensure inclusive opportunities in all program services; to act as advocates for individuals with disabilities by promoting accessibility at all Department parks, facilities, programs, special events and classes.
Don’t Forget to… MAKE CHILDREN SMILE. Go the extra mile, with a smile!
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Naomi Drenan Recreation Center’s Teen X-Treme Summer Camp: Turning Talents and Dreams into Reality and Success:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center’s Teen X‐Treme Summer Camp jumped into its second week of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by touring WPEG Power 98 and Johnson C. Smith University. The teens learned that the art of Hip Hop Submissions for isn’t just music, but it’s a culture. They were intrigued how the Newsletter Power 98 encouraged youth development by offering intern‐ ships and hosting community outreach events. On their tour Please submit all news for the of JCSU, they explored college life and were exposed to the true meaning of the “You can do anything you dream” mental‐ Friday Letter to your Division ity by speaking to former alumni’s who now teach or work in a field they love. We would like to thank Director for review and routing. Power 98 and JCSU for allowing us to visit and providing speakers to encourage greatness out of the Park Partners may contact skills and talents that our teens possess. Kesha Meads at Kesha.Meads@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
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MeckTeen Chefs Graduate from CPCC: MCPRD Department staff members Tari Turner and K.D. Brown led a MeckTeen Chef’s Culinary Day Camp in partnership with CPCC. This was the second of two day camps, each being two weeks in length. The students used professional kitchens that are also used by college students pursu‐ ing their Culinary Arts degree as well as being taught by CPCC’s certified chefs. Par‐ ents were treated to a luncheon at their teen’s July 19th graduation, showing off some of their newly acquired culinary skills. CPCC was so impressed with the program that they are currently in discussion with extending an invitation to offer the program at their Harris campus in the fall. Contact Tari Turner at 704.432.0061 for more informa‐ tion about this or other Teen programs.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Senior Leadership Team
Jim Garges, Director Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director James Alsop, Enterprise Services Renea Barber, Human Resources Mario Chang, Budget Administration Lee Jones, Capital Planning Lola Massad, Community Services and Recreation Centers Jeff Robinson, Park Operations