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February 15 2013

FridayLetter THE

this issue In The News:

Park News P.1

Our cover story continued...

Enterprise Services P.2 Nature Preserves & Natural Resources P.3

Natural Play Areas

Community & Recreation Center Services P.4

Interaction with the natural landscape is thought to be crucial to the mental and physical health of children (Rubenstein, 1998). To bring youth back to nature, Natu-

Park and Recreation Natural Play Area Workshop

ral Play Areas are outdoor spaces designated for play

Community Involvement in Planning

that are made of natural

A Natural Play Area Workshop will take place at the Mallard Creek Recreation Center on Friday, March 8th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Park and Recreation would like to bring children and adults together to give us ideas of what citizens would like to see in a Natural Play Area.

components such as plants, logs, water, sand, mud, boulders, hills and trees.



represent the larger wild environment in a way that feels safe




young visitors. A few manmade



also be carefully integrated

This will be a FUN and INTERACTIVE workshop. Park and Rec will take the information gathered from the workshop to help facilitate the design, planning and funding process for the play area. Participants can expect to divide into three groups for the workshop, adults, children ages 3-5 and children ages 6-11. Adult led activities will be provided for the two children’s groups. Weather permitting we will take the children outside to play, if not we will utilize the play room and club room for the children’s activities. There will also be a brief presentation about the benefits of playing in nature.

to support creative play, encourage confident exploration and help children develop a lasting affinity for the natural world.

In order to help us plan for the workshop, pre-registration is required for this FREE workshop. To register please call us at 704-548-8234, come to see us or register on line at, using eparks, course code 45340. We are excited about this opportunity and hope you will come out to help us design your new natural play area.

Workshop Contact: Stephanie M. Frisbee, MS, CPRP Facility Manager I Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Park News: Upcoming Senior Event

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Dance with Your Sweetheart at Naomi Drenan Rec Center

One hundred sixty-four (164) swimmers participated in a Hornets Nest Swim League dual meet on Friday, February 8 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Mecklenburg County’s Mecklenburg Makos competed against Lake Norman YMCA. Huntersville.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites active seniors, ages 50 and over, to a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball, Saturday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. This event is for singles or couples. No alcohol, please. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the Cha cha cha, Tango, and line dancing. This event offers great music, refreshments, door prizes and a wonderful time to start the New Year! The dance will be in the gym of the recreation center. Admission:  $3 in advance for County residents  $5 at the door  $5 in advance for nonCounty residents  $8 at the door for nonCounty residents The event is “dress casual”-party dress or pantsuit for ladies, dress shirt and dress pants for gentlemen. For additional information, contact Naomi Drenan at 704-432-5231. _______________________

5th Annual Fairy House Festival at Latta Nature Preserve

Over 2,700 people... attended the 5th Annual Fairy House Festival held at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. This event which is held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day each year is a free family festival that encourages visitors to spend time in nature as a family and use their imagination and creativity to create fairy houses and gnome homes. This festival also included crafts, storytelling, music, pony rides, costume contest, geocaching, and other games and activities.

Scenes from Events: 5th Annual Fairy House Festival at Latta Nature Preserve Scenes from Events: LEFT: Citizens and participants receive instructions and information from Park and Recreation Staff ________________________

Scenes from Events: LEFT: Latta staff guides a wood fairy (participant) for a lovely horseback ride during the festival ________________________

Scenes from Events: LEFT: Latta Plantation Nature Center Manager Stephen Hutchinson poses with one of the cutest of wood fairies amongst the fun— ________________________

RAY Play at Sugaw Creek Recreation

Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities Revolution Park Sports Academy & Youth Sports For more information email or call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at (704) 432-4963. Track and Field: Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department, Charlotte Flights and USA Track & Field (USATF) teamed up to host a Level I USATF Track & Field Certification Class February 1-3 at Clanton Park Pavilion. The 90 plus participants in the class came from all over the southeast United States. The class was held in the Charlotte area to give more opportunity to local high school, clubs, Park and Recreation and college coaches. The classes will help promote the sport and share the new training trends in track and field.

The Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Ray Play Program held a Valentine’s Day Party on Tuesday, February 12. The pre-schoolers participated in exercise dances, made Valentine Teddy Bear crafts, played games: Cupid Musical Chairs, Cupid Says and Find a Heart Scavenger Hunt. The partici- Track and Field: Mecklenburg County’s partnership program pants ate lunch and received with the Charlotte Flights Track and Field Club had several seniors this past week signing their National Letters of Intent to goodie bags. attend college. Congratulation to Sabriana Moore who will be attending Texas Christian University, Jordan Raper and DestiA special thanks to the Garinger High School Volun- nie Sykes who will be attending Wingate University. The athletes will all receive full or partial scholarships to attend school teers & Staff, Sugaw Creek for the Fall of 2013. Young at Senior Club, and Carolina Support Services for their invaluable assistance.

NEW Youth Disc Golf Leagues: Registration for Mecklenburg County’s first ever Youth Disc Golf program will run through March 15th for ages 7-18. Course play will take place at Reedy Creek, Sugaw Creek and Elon disc golf courses beginning in April. Participants will compete against these courses through the season to enhance their skill sets. Performance scoring will be used to encourage development. The regular season will run through May and the Countywide Tournament will be held in early June.

Youth Girls Softball Clinic: Thank you to everyone who worked to help put the girls softball clinic together last Saturday 2/9. The clinic provided participants with valuable instruction on the fundamental skills of the game.

Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities NEW Youth Girl’s Softball Leagues: Registration for Mecklenburg County’s Youth Girls Softball program will run through February 22nd for ages 7-10. Practices will begin in March and games will begin in April. The regular season will run through May and the post season Countywide Tournament will be held in early June.

Youth Baseball Leagues: Registration for Mecklenburg County’s Youth Baseball program will run through February 28th for ages 3-12. Practices will begin in March and games will begin in April. The regular season will run through May and the post season Countywide Tournament will be held in early June.

Revolution Park Sports Academy & Youth Sports

Indoor Baseball/ Softball Clinics Spring sport registration has begun and so have the Indoor Baseball & Softball Clinics at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center. Players ages 6-12 meet Friday evenings from 5-7 pm through March 1 in the gym to work on base running, fielding, throwing, catching & hitting techniques. Come spring season, participants in the clinics will be ready to take the field. For more information, contact Brett.Krizanik@Mecklenburg or 704-3367655.

For more information email or call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at (704) 432-4963.

Therapeutic Recreation Spill Your Beans! Spill Your Beans is a support group for young women with disabilities ages 16 and up. The group met Monday, February 11th and discussed health, fitness and nutrition, and visited a local gym. The next Spill Your Beans is March 18th .

If you would like more information, or to register for the program please contact


Park and Recreation News: 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 336-8840

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The Friday Letter Volume 2 • Issue 7• February 15, 2013

Upcoming Events: Nature Preserves & Natural Resources Pioneer Days in the Preserve Saturday, Feb 16 1:00p to 4:00p Reedy Creek Nature Center Charlotte, NC

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Come celebrate the good ole days by trying your hand at some old fashioned crafts and activities. Experience quilting, rope making, butter making and others, as well as a brisk walk to the historic Robinson Rock House on the property. Learn history the fun way! Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages • FREE • 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Senior Leadership Team Jim Garges, Director Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director James Alsop, Enterprise Services Renea Barber, Human Resources Mario Chang, Budget Administration

The Charlotte Woodcarvers hosts their 30th annual Showcase of Woodcarvings on February 15-17, 2013 at the Marion Diehl Recreation Center at 2219 Tyvola Road in Charlotte. 100 carvers from 10 states will exhibit over 500 carvings for judging in 31 categories. Carvings for sale, carving competitions, seminars and opportunity for free Wood Carving Instruction. Free admission, family friendly and free parking.

Lee Jones, Capital Planning Lola Massad, Community Services and Recreation Center Services Jeff Robinson, Park Operations

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