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May 24 2013

FridayLetter THE

this issue

In The News:

Park News P.1 Enterprise Services P.2

Construction work on the two I-485 bridges that pass

Horticulture P.4

over Lower McAlpine Creek

Community & Recreation Center Services P.6

and McMullen Creek greenways will cause sections of both trails to close periodically over the next year. The section


Park and Recreation— Park News


Creek Greenway underneath the I-485 bridge will close beginning Monday, May 13, and will remained closed through the rest of the year. It will reopen in early 2014. The section of Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway under the I-485 bridge will close later this month and will remain closed through early summer 2014. Greenway visitors can follow detour signs along low volume roads to continue on the




and Mile

use Creek

Greenway during trail closures.


signed by NCDOT.



Aquatic Team Gears Up for Summer with Annual Summer Kick Off Event Sunday evening May 19th at Ray's Splash Planet near 80 full and part time Aquatic staff came together to review policies, procedures and more importantly Have FUN! This training event is designed to get all lifeguards and recreation assistants together with the full time team and prepare for the summer season ahead. Director Jim Garges and Division Director James Alsop along with the Aquatic Supervisors head off the event with introductions and discussion. Afterwards, the team broke out into groups to review and retrain staff on customer service and safety. At the end of the evening all part time staff were treated with a cook out and the opportunity to put ANY Aquatic supervisor in the DUNK TANK! All nine aquatic managers had the luxury of taking a dip!

In The News:

Tournaments & Adult Athletics

Park and Rec Hosts Free Golf Classic for Veterans The Powerade State Games Youth and Adult Soccer Tournaments will be held on June and Active Duty Military

Powerade Games of NC

All military veterans

22nd-23rd. The deadline to register your team is tomorrow. Don't miss your chance to participate in the soccer tournament of the summer! Visit the SOCCER PAGE for registration information and to sign up today

(including National Guard and Reserves) and active duty military personnel are invited to sign-up to play in the 8th annual Veterans & Reservists Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Golf Course, 800 Radio Road, on June 27, 2013. This event features a

Other Registration Deadlines Approaching Quickly! Many of our other team sports are filling up fast and registration deadlines will be here in the next week or two: Youth & Adult Ice Hockey - May 31st Youth & Adult Lacrosse - June 7th Boys & Girls High School Basketball - June 7th Ultimate - June 14th

free round of golf on a fine course plus lunch provided by Texas Land & Cattle

Aquatics News

Steak House at no charge for those who qualify to play. The Golf Classic is presented by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Mecklenburg County Community Support Services-Veterans Services Division to show appreciation to men and women who serve and have served our country in the armed forces.

The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center hosted the 16th Annual Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon on Saturday May 18th from 8:00am – 11:30am. Ninety-four (94) incredible children participated in the event. Participants swam, biked, and ran to complete the event. Children between the ages of 6 - 16 years of age participated. Both the bike and run took part around Marshall Park.

Aquatics News—Scenes from Events Youth receive congratulatory hugs from Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Rodney Sellars

Did You Know ~ Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon Rodney's Great Kids Triathlon (RGKT) on its 16th year, is a fun, challenging, annual event for children (17 and under) challenging themselves in swimming, biking, and running. Ages and Race Distances 8 and under - 100 yard swim, .7 bike, .7 run

16th Annual Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon, - May 18, 2013

9 - 10 - 100 yard swim, 1.4 bike, .7 run 11 - 12 - 200 yard swim, 2.8 bike, 1.4 run 13 - 14 - 200 yard swim, 2.8 bike, 1.4 run 15 - 17 - 400 yard swim, 5.6 bike, 2.8 run Click here to visit the RGKT Triathlon webpage for additional details.

Pictured left and right— a young citizen athletes competes for recreation.

Horticulture News: Partnership Updates Internal County Partnerships with Enterprise and Real Estate Services helped to finance Hort in-house design and install of a brand new landscape at St. Mary’s Chapel.

What’s the Horticulture Team Been Up To Partnerships: With Charlotte Housing Authority and McColl Visual Arts creating an environmentally sound and very functional Native Plants’ Garden at Anita Stroud Park. ...With Center City Partners (below) acquiring trees for new Third Ward Park and the Frazier Dog Park.

And with CMPD and many others to develop the Officer Sean Clark Memorial Garden at Blythe Landing Park.

For more information on Horticulture and volunteer opportunities, call Tim Turton at 704-336-8840.

More Update on Horticulture Partnerships— Carolinas’ Healthcare System volunteers to beautify the Little Sugar Creek Greenway . (pictured in order below) As a member of the TreeCharlotte collaborative, planting new trees at Shuffletown and Southside Parks at no cost to the County.

With our friends at the City of Charlotte, partnering to add much needed trees at Flat Branch and Mallard Creek Parks at no cost to the County.

Also, partnerships with several Recreation Centers and the fine carpentry work of the North County Jail inmates to develop gardening programs like Lil’ Sprouts and expose the children to Going Green!

Horticulture: Memorial Tree, Brick & Bench Program Make a gift in honor of a loved one, organization or event by dedicating a tree or brick in a park, greenway or nature preserve (natives only in the preserves). The gift represents a lasting tribute as it grows and flourishes for years to come. Trees are an important resource, offering habitat, oxygen and beauty. ___________________

...and with partnerships with many of our patrons, fulfilling their Memorial wishes.

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Dylan Koontz, a local winner at the Sugaw Creek Recreation Center MLB Pitch, Hit & Run event in April, was a sectional qualifier this past weekend in Belmont, North Carolina. Dylan scored a 924 in Belmont, increasing his score by 210 points from his performance at Sugaw Creek! The Pitch, Hit and Run competition is based off three events that are given a score: hitting for distance/accuracy, pitching to a strike zone target (scoring points for every strike) and a timed run from second to home.

Beneficial Programming. Developing Character. Enriching Lives. iMatter Girl’s Empowerment Summit @ Naomi Drenan Recreation Center The first “iMatter Girl’s Empowerment Summit” was held at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. Many young women ages 12 to 18 attended this spectacular event which featured guest speakers, breakout sessions, and performances. This special event capitalized on the virtue of being a woman and how important it is for young girls to carry themselves as powerful influences in their communities and in today’s society.

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center For more information about this and other programs/events, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter or call 704.432.5231.

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center MLB Pitch, Hit & Run (Cont’d) Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department thanks Dylan for his participation and wishes him luck as he has the chance to represent our area in Atlanta at the team competition and in New York at the MLB All-Star Game. Dylan is a switch-hitting short stop from Concord, North Carolina. He has 8 homeruns this year and has a batting average over .500. For more information, contact

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Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities

Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities Start Smart Baseball - Elon Recreation Center: Start Smart Baseball just finished up at Elon Recreation Center. During the six week program, kids ages 2-5 were able to learn the basic skills of baseball, preparing them to play in our spring t-ball leagues. Their favorite part of the program was running the bases! At the end of the course each child received a medal and t-shirt for participation.

Elon Recreation Center For more information about our programs contact ElonRecreationCenter or 704-5402426.

Sky Hy Steppers - Naomi Drenan Recreation Center: On May 11th, the Naomi Drenan Sky Hy Steppers participated in the Gas House Step Competition in Gastonia. Our team made an impression with their poise and precision. Although they didn't bring home the trophy, they came back with a fire and determination to take on their next competition! Sky Hy Steppers is an ongoing teen program at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. For more information about this and other programs, contact or 704-432-5231.

Baseball and Disc Golf reach Mid-season in Full Stride: The 2013 Youth Baseball and Inaugural 2013 Youth Disc Golf Leagues have both reached week 4 of their 8 week Regular Seasons. 705 Participants from 46 Youth Baseball Teams (Countywide) and 31 Youth Disc Golf League Participants (2 Regions – North @ Reedy Creek Park and South @ Elon Park) have found their stride and will begin the second half of their seasons this Saturday at 7 different parks throughout the County. Both programs will run through early June and conclude following their post-season countywide tournaments. Good luck to all the participants. Youth Soccer and Flag Football registration begins July 1! For more information about youth sports leagues, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCou or call (704) 432-4963.

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

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The Friday Letter Volume 2 • Issue 19• May 24, 2013

Upcoming Events: Powerade State Games of NC February Update The Powerade State Games is returning to the Charlotte region in 2013 and we want YOU to be a part of the largest sports festival in North Carolina! Held throughout the month of June, the Powerade State Games will feature over 12,000 athletes participating in 19 different sports across more than 30 venues in a true Olympic-style sporting event. Please read this information carefully to ensure you won't miss out on all the FUN in Charlotte this June!

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Senior Leadership Team Jim Garges, Director

Online registration for the Powerade State Games is open for most sports at You can save up to $20 on registration fees by registering online through the step-by-step Powerade State Games registration system.

Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director James Alsop, Enterprise Services Renea Barber, Human Resources Mario Chang, Budget Administration Lee Jones, Capital Planning Lola Massad, Community and Recreation Center Services Jeff Robinson, Park Operations

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