52 September 7 2012
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
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In The News:
Park News P.1
Enterprise Services P.2 Community & Recreation Center Services P.4
4th Annual Charlotte Area 'Know Your Farms' Tour: Volunteers Needed at Meck‐ lenburg County Farms Four Mecklenburg County farms will be featured in the fourth annual Know Your Farms Tour on September 15 and 16 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to coordinate farm tourists at East of Eden in Huntersville; Old Store Produce in Hun‐ tersville; Renfrow’s Urban Farm in Matthews; and Rivendell Farm in Hunters‐ ville. Read more For More information about Volunteer Opportunities, please contact: Lori Saylor or Margaret Brown at 704‐336‐8840
Parks and Volunteers — A Winning Combination Two volunteer projects helped improve local parks and engage citizens with Park and Recreation this week. On Little Sugar Creek Greenway along the one‐mile Westfield corridor, Amwins insur‐ ance brokers came out and worked hard before the DNC began. They mulched large tree rings and many beds. Twenty adults and twenty yards of mulch. Each person greatly contributed toward this effort. The second group worked at Naomi Drenan also mulching, but also limbed up trees, pruned unsightly growth, and prepared beds for mulch. Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice deserve a great deal of thanks for the facelift to the front and sides of the recreation center. Thank you to all Park and Recreation staff and volunteers who helped with this very successful event!
Volunteers from Amwins Insurance assist at the Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
Senior and Adult Softball — Caught at Play! Senior and Adults from around Mecklenburg County enjoy Senior and Adult League Softball play with MCPRD.
Adult Athletics News The Adult Athletics Fall Men’s B league will begin league play at the Grady Cole Center on Thursday, September 13. We are continuing with regular season games in basketball Men’s 30 +, Men’s 40+ and Women’s League. The weekly volleyball leagues are currently playing at the Tom Sykes, Wallace Pruit, and West Charlotte Recreation Center. September 28th will start the Co‐Rec AA, the most competitive volleyball league at the Better Rae Thomas Center. In addition to the volleyball, flag football and basketball leagues, softball games are being played at Renais‐ sance and Nevin Park Monday through Thursday. On September 29th we are starting a 7v7 and 11v11 Men’s Soccer League at Elon Park.
Flag Football Fun...
Adult Athletics—Flag Football
McAlpine Creek Park Cross Country Events Cross Country season has kicked off at McAlpine Creek Park. Races began on Saturday, August 18 with the Run For Your Life Kickin’ Grass Preseason Meet. Over 300 runners from 15 different schools in the area competed in the preseason warm‐up event. On Saturday, August 25 Provi‐ dence High School hosted the Providence Invitational. Over 40 schools from North and South Carolina competed in this annual event. The event consisted of four races and over 1200 run‐ ners. McAlpine Creek Park will play host to over 20 High School and College cross country meets this fall. High School events will include the Wendy’s Invitational, Footlocker Invitational as well as CMS and CISAA regular and postseason conference meets. Queens University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will each host a regular season meet as well as the NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I Regional meets respectively. For more information on the upcoming cross country schedule contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
Senior Softball The Men and Women’s Senior Softball leagues have kicked off there fall seasons. The Men have 20 teams and over 230 players 45 years young and over. The Men play on Tuesday nights at Park Road Park on fields 2, 3 and 4. The Women’s Softball League, known as the Sassy Soft‐ ball Sisters, have five teams and over 60 participants and play there games on Thursday nights on field 2 at Park Road Park. For more information on Senior Sports contact Pre‐ ston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or visit www.charlotteseniorsports.com.
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‐
Therapeutic Recreation Services — Challenger Flag Football and the TR Spirit Squad The Challenger Flag Football league along with the TR Spirit Squad began its 7th season last Friday, August 17th. The league is a partnership between the Carolina Panthers, Pop Warner League and the Therapeutic Recreation Section; and provides individuals with disabilities ages 8‐25 the opportunity to play football and participate in cheerleading. The group began the season with an invitation to attend the Carolina Panthers pre season game against the Miami Dolphins. Players and cheerleaders ran through the tunnel before the Panthers, stood alongside of the team during the National Anthem and took part in the coin toss. The group had a great time attending the game and we are looking forward to an exciting sea‐ son!
sure skills, improving social and communication skills, increasing independent living 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!
Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities DID YOU KNOW ~ Senior Recreation
Tom Sykes Recreation Center For more information about programs at Tom Sykes Recreation Center, contact TomSykesRec‐ reationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4803
Solar Camp at Tom Sykes
Recreation in the form of active living helps people live longer. This kind of rec‐ reation reduces coronary heart disease, combats os‐ teoporosis and diabetes, and rehabilitates back problems. Getting active also contributes to mental health and enhances over‐ all well‐being. If you are a senior, activity may also prolong your abil‐ ity to live independently. The bottom line: Regular physical activity will make you feel better, help you carry out daily tasks more easily, think more clearly and handle stress much more productively.
12 youth spent their last week of summer vacation learning about Solar Energy. Using the 4‐H TechXcite curriculum the group constructed solar ovens, cars, thermometers and sun dials. They saw solar energy in use when they toured the Duke En‐ ergy Explorium and Metrolina Greenhouses. . On August the 28th, Albemarle Road Recreation Center held the Annual MeckSeniors Luau. The event was attended by over 200 seniors from all areas of the county. The Luau featured Hula dancers, Limbo Contest, Arts & Crafts, Food, Prizes, and Give‐ aways!! We would like to thank everyone who participated and all of our vendors that shared valuable information about health, programs, and more!
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
For more information on programs and events at Albemarle Road Recreation Center, please email AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704.567.1941.
What Are the Benefits of Playing Flag Football —
RPSA Youth Sports – 2012 Soccer and Flag Football: The 2012 youth soccer and flag football seasons will commence this Saturday at several parks throughout Mecklenburg County. Participants ages 4 to 12 from 28 flag football teams and 40 soccer teams will continue regular season play every Saturday for approximately eight weeks. The post season single elimination tournament play begins in early November. Revolution Park Sports Academy Celebrates Back To School: Friday, August 31, 2012 marked the end of the first week of the school year for CMS students . The Revolution Park Sports Academy hosted a small celebration to keep the kids excited about the return of school. Activities included a coloring contest, a fitness challenge, a miniature golf course, corn‐hole and ladder golf. While the children were in between games and activities they snacked on some snow cones and freshly popped popcorn. At the end of the night the Revolution Royalty Step Team shared their back to school experiences with a brand new routine, and the Charlotte Flights Track and Field program passed out school supplies to the kids in attendance. A Special thank you goes out to all who made this event possible. Revolution Park Sports Academy Teen After‐School Program: The Revolution Park Sports Academy is expanding its programming for teenagers to meet the needs of teens in our commu‐ nity. Starting Monday September 10, 2012 the teen club will meet Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Revolution Park Sports Academy Teen After School Program is a free program open children ages 12‐17. Teens, we invite you to come and join us as we Empower, Motivate, and Travel with the thought of Excellence and Excitement, through tutoring, motiva‐ tional speaking and a variety of other activities.
Revolution Park Sports Academy is Located at 1225 Remount Road for more information about the Teen After School program or the Revolution Park Sports Academy come by and visit or call (704) 432‐4963.
Flag football is a version of American football or Cana‐ dian football that is popular worldwide. The basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game (often called "tackle football" for contrast), but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier ("deflagging") to end a down. In most organized play, players wear a belt. Flag football is a safe sport for youth which provides all the physical enjoyment of contact football, minus the contact! Flag football is also an excel‐ lent co‐ed sport, allowing both young boys and girls to compete and recreate to‐ gether.
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The Friday Letter Issue 52 September 7, 2012
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