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Volume 2 ISSUE WEEKLY

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NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

June 28 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

Volunteer Services P.6

over Lower McAlpine Creek

Nature Preserves and Natural Resources P.7

and McMullen Creek greenways will cause sections of

Community & Recreation Center Services P.9

both trails to close periodically over the next year. The section

of

Park and Recreation— Park News

McMullen

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

greenway

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and Mile

use Creek

Greenway during trail closures.

Detours

signed by NCDOT.

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“RECORD SETTING” CITIZEN PARTICIPATION Park and Recreation Aims for Guinness World Record The Mecklenburg County Aquatics Division took part in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Tuesday June 18th with over 60 participants learning about pool safety and how to swim at Double Oaks pool. Thousands of participants from all over the world join together each year to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children how to swim and to set a new record in the Guinness World Records book. See Photos on Page 5 for more scenes from this event.


Events In The News: Tournaments & Adult Athletics Skirt Chaser 5K – On Saturday, June 22nd, Freedom Park hosted the first Charlotte Skirt Chaser 5K. This event benefits the Carolinas Breast Friends (CBF) organization which provides a caring and positive environment for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants enjoyed a clear day with mild temperatures. To find out more about the Skirt Chaser 5K or CBF then please visit: http:// www.skirtsports.com/ skirtchaser5k/charlotte/ index.cfm. ______________________ Mecklenburg County Jr. Tennis Open – From June 24th-26th Jeff Adams Tennis Center hosted the Mecklenburg County Junior Tennis Open for ages 18 and under. This tournament was organized and hosted by Todd Upchurch of Upchurch Tennis. Players were able to come out and enjoy a midweek tennis tournament due to schools being out for the summer. To view a complete list of the results, please visit here.

Adult Athletics Adult Co-Rec Flag Football started their playoffs on Tuesday June 18. There are a total of 8 teams in the tournament. The Co- Rec teams Trailblazers and Seminoles played one of the first games of the tournament.

Men’s 40 and Over Basketball started its spring playoff tournament on Wednesday June 19 at Ivory Baker Recreation Center. There are a total of 7 teams in the tournament. Teams Blazers and Ballers where the first two teams to play in the tournament.

“Blazers & Ballers Teams


Events In The News

Tournaments & Adult Athletics

Bottom of the Fifth & Fitzgerald's

Men’s C Softball began their Tournament of Champion play on Wednesday June 19 at Renaissance Softball Complex. There are a total of 7 teams in the tournament of championship. Teams Bottom of the Fifth and Fitzgerald’s played one of the first games of tournament. Also Co-Rec BB Volleyball started the summer season on Wednesday June 19 at Tom Sykes Recreation Center. There are a total of 6 teams. Team Hit That and Really Good Team played the first game of the new season. There are a total of 6 teams.

Charlotte Amateur Championships – on June 22nd and 23rd Charlotte area disc golf courses hosted The Charlotte Amateur Championships. Disc golfers played 4 rounds at various courses in different skill groups. Courses included; Idlewild Park, Renaissance Park, Winget Park, and Elon Park. The event was sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). To view a complete list of the results, please visit here.

For more information on races, tennis, or disc golf in Mecklenburg County, please contact Preston Buckman at Preston.Buckman@mecklen burgcountync.gov or call 704-529-3273.

Team “Hit That Really Good”


Events In The News: Aquatics Tennis Queen City Futures – From June 14th-16th, Charlotte Tennis Association hosted an 18u novice tennis tournament at Park Road and Jeff Adams. Participants came from all over the state to compete on a perfect summer weekend. The tournament went smoothly as there was no rain and temperatures did not exceed 85 degrees. To view a complete list of the draws, please visit here. Vacation Celebration – Charlotte Tennis Network hosted a midweek tournament at Jeff Adams Tennis Center for players 18 and under. The tournament was able to allow kids a midweek summer activity while they are out of school. To see a complete list of the results, please visit here. For more information of tennis tournaments, lessons or court use, please contact Preston Buckman at Preston.Buckman @mecklenburgcountync.go v or 704-529-3273.

Three hundred forty-five (345) swimmers competed in the Queen City Dolphins Long Course Invitational Swim Meet June 21 – 23 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. This was an open meet in which any swimmer could compete. Swim meet ran from 4 - 8pm on Friday evening and from 7:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. This was the first long course meet for many of the swimmers.


Events In the News: Volleyball NC Volleyball – North Carolina Volleyball Club hosted a girl’s 18u AAU event at the Jeff Adams sand courts on June, 15th. Volleyball players competed on teams in 4 different age brackets (12u, 14u, 16u, 18u).The tournament enjoyed clear skies and 85 degree weather. For more information on the tournament please visit here. For more information of volleyball tournaments or court use, please contact Preston Buckman at Preston.Buckman@mecklenb urgcountync.gov or 704529-3273. Bike Race Summer MTB Series – On June 12th, Charlotte Mountain Bike hosted one of their summer mountain bike series at Renaissance Park. The series runs roughly every week from April 17th to August 7th. To view complete results from the June 12th event, please visit here. For more information of mountain bike races, please contact Preston Buckman at Preston.Buckman@mecklenb urgcountync.gov or 704529-3273.


VOLUNTEER SERVICES Volunteer News: Partnership Updates & Scenes From Events

Volunteer Services had another busy week in the parks. Staff led several group projects of all sizes to help improve our parks. A small, but dedicated group from Wells Fargo joined us at Methodist Home, hard workers from Select Insurance came out to Francis Beatty Park and another group from Duke Energy worked wonders at Naomi Drenan in celebration of Duke Energy’s Global Service Event. Also, Bank of America sent out two groups totaling almost 70 volunteers that cleaned up at Park Road Park and helped the Hoskins Park Neighborhood in their park beautification efforts supported by a local grant that they were awarded. Thanks again to all the volunteers and staff for their hard work! Pictured at left. Park and Recreation and Partners for Parks hosted a beautiful evening of Jazz in Freedom Park with Nnenna Freelon and The Branford Marsalis Quartet. Over 2,200 people attended the Benefit Concert in support of the Newtown, CT Memorial Playground and to enjoy the musical stylings of these world-renowned performers. Through ticket sales and donations, Partners for Parks raised around $10,000 to help build a special playground at Park Road Park in Memory of the victims of the Newtown, CT tragedy.


Reedy Creek Campers go to Hanging Rock State Park: This is the second week of summer camps offered at Reedy Creek Nature Center. Campers went on an overnight trip to Hanging Rock State Park where they hiked, learned about nature, roaster marshmallows and slept under the sky. We have more field trips planned this summer where kids will have the opportunity to have great experienced in nature.

__________________ Citizen Engagement — Outstanding Turnout for Community Meeting: The Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Nature Preserves held a community meeting on Wed., June 19th at Croft Community Elementary School to present the upcoming facility upgrades to the Clarks Creek Nature Preserve. Over 30 members of the community attended the meeting and provided great feedback to staff on the upcoming project. In addition, members of the Park and Recreation Commission's North Park District and Stewardship Advisory Councils were also in attendance. Division Director, Chris Matthews, presenting the site plan and timeline for facility improvements to the community.

In the News: “Hollywood East” comes to Park and Recreation Nature Preserves: Mecklenburg County Nature Preserves offer attractive, diverse landscapes and settings that film production companies are taking note of. Recently the TV series Banshee spent two days filming at the historic Holly Bend plantation house, while the movie Sleepy Hollow and the TV series Homeland have also used the nature preserves in recent months. Photo: Below on the set of Banshee at the historic Holly Bend house, located in Park and Recreation’s nature preserves.


Park and Recreation wins 4 NACo awards

The Outdoor Explorers Camp at the McDowell Nature Center traveled to the Schiele Museum for up-close and personal wild encounters. The The NACo Achievement museum is currently featuring a temporary exAward Program is a nonhibit called Mammal Safari: Journey of Discovcompetitive program that ery. The exhibit showcases preserved and live recognizes counties for im- animals from all the different continents. The proving the management Schiele also boasts a North Carolina room with of and services provided by exhibits that cover the habitats found throughout the state. It was a great way for campcounty government. Since ers to see some familiar and not-so-familiar wildlife. All week long, campers have taken its inception in 1970, the part in fort building and hiking stick activities, as well as kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Achievement Award ProThe emphasis is on exploring the world around us, and this week focused on animals. gram has honored hunWhat a great way to kick off Outdoor Explorers Camp this summer! dreds of county government initiatives that have improved service delivery, achieved greater cost efficiency, provided finer customer service and helped to develop a better-trained workforce. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department received honors for: 

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Just Dance! Program Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Moth Nights Program Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Paralympic Boccia Program Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Recreation Employment Corp

Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities


Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities MeckSeniors Day Trip to Emerald Village On June 20, 2013 MeckSeniors traveled to Little Swizterland, NC for a day at Emerald Village. The trip included a guided tour of the NC Mining Museum, Historic Bon Ami Mine, and the Gemstone Mine. Seniors were able to see a rare sighting of Rainbow Trout before sorting through buckets in search of real gems! Over 54 Gems and Minerals were collected. Afterwards, they enjoyed a patio lunch at the Mountain View Restaurant overlooking the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. MeckSeniors will travel to Irmo, SC in July for the Lake Murray Sunset Dinner Cruise, featuring the Purple Martins. For more information on MeckSeniors Day Trips, email at MeckSeniors@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704.336.8105

Classy Creations Summer Camp at the Ivory/Baker Recreation Center The Ivory/Baker Recreation Center is hosting the Classy Creations Summer Camp by Melange Young Scholars. Sixty campers. ages 5-13 years, participate in a variety of activities. Activities include: reading & math enrichment, games, arts and crafts and field trips. Breakfast and lunch is provided to campers. For more information regarding Classy Creations Summer Camp, call 704-906-8767.

More About Emerald Village Emerald Village is nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and is home to seven real mines. Seniors explore the North Carolina Mining Museum and take an underground tour of the historic Bon Ami Mine. Seniors try Gold Panning at the Blue Ridge Gold Mine and tour the historic Discovery Mill to view displays including model railroads, native wildlife, black-light minerals, antique tool collections, and the Antique Music Museum.


Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities LEGO Super Hero Academy Summer Camp @ Berewick Recreation Center The kids saved the world in this action-packed Super Hero summer camp last week! Throughout the session campers built figures, logos, and machines while exploring caped crusaders and discovering their super powers. They even created a fantasy world and protected it against arch enemies with custom contraptions!

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition Continues... Dylan Koontz, a competitor at the local Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Pitch, Hit and Run competition took first place at the team competition in Atlanta on Saturday June 15. He will be in the running to compete in the National Finals at the MLB All- Star game in New York City in July. Congratulations once again to Dylan and his family on such a wonderful journey, we hope it continues!

Berewick Recreation Center For more information about summer camps and Bricks4Kidz programs, please contact BerewickRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704.432.4934.

Elite Skills and Drills The summer basketball camp completed its first exciting week at MLK Recreation Site and it operates from 9:00am-1:00pm Monday- Friday. Campers worked on various drills and skills during the week of June 10-14. Staff from Sugaw Creek, Hickory Grove and Berewick helped make the camp a successful week for the campers. For more information, contact the Sugaw Creek Recreation Center at 704-336-7655.

Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities


Baseball Gears up For Countywide Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities Post-Season Charlotte Elite Enrichment and Recreation Program Tournament: at Albemarle Road Recreation Center: This program focuses on youth enrichment and recreation activities. Campers are being prepared to enter the next grade level by focusing on reading, social, computer technology, and 21st Century skills. In addition, they are introduced to the fundamentals of soccer, flag football, softball, track, and basketball as well as specialty programs including African Dance and Spanish as a Foreign Language. Charlotte Elite and Enrichment Camp consists of 65 participants ranging in age from 714. The cost of camp is $65 per week.

For more information about this wonderful program please contact Latoya Cornish at 704-241-1871 or Irene Stanton at 708-705-2483.

Camp Chrononaut at Berewick Recreation Center: Thirty-Six campers have enjoyed their first week of camp at Berewick Recreation Center! During this week's theme, "Pre-Historic Times," the kids jumped into learning about Dinosaurs and more throughout each day. They have played a variety of themed games, sports and fitness activities as well as completing 4-H projects and team building games.

Berewick Recreation Center For more information about Summer Camps at Berewick Recreation Center, please contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.govor call 704.432.4934.

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department's 2013 Youth Baseball Countywide PostSeason Tournament began Wednesday, June 12th and will run through Saturday, June 15th. 24 Teams from three age divisions will compete for the title of 2013 Countywide Champion and Runner-up. Games will be held at both Sugaw Creek and Park Road Parks. Registration for Youth Soccer, Flag Football and Disc Golf starts July 1. For more information about Youth Sports, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at (704) 4324963.


Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities 2013 Skate Camp at Grayson Skate Park Grayson SkatePark "dropped in" to the summer last week! During the first week of camp, participants learned safety and flow of the park while developing their basic and intermediate tricks. Despite the rain, they were able to get in plenty of skate time, including two field trips to indoor parks.

Teen X-Treme Goes High Tech with I-Teens at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center: Teens blast into the future during the second week of camp with I-Teens where they are learn about current technology and upcoming trends! Special programs include guest speakers and activities from Tekk Solutions, I Am Not The Media, Wise Guys, Learn Quest Play, a trip to the Apple Store technology education center, and more! For more information about the summer camp and teen programs, please contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-5231.

For more information about skate camp and other skateboard programs, please contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.govor 704.432.5231.

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center For more information about the summer camp and teen programs, please contact NaomiDrenan RecreationCenter @MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-5231.


Recreational News from Mecklenburg Communities Soccer Camp Rounds Out The Week at Revolution Park Sports Academy: Week two of the eight week multisport camps at the Revolution Park Sports Academy (RPSA) comes to a close on Friday. Over 43 kids ranging in ages from 8-12 participated in soccer camp learning skills that will help them be successful in the sport. Working on dribbling, passing, shooting and goalkeeping, the kids and counselors braved the heat and had a blast! They will be treated to a field trip on the to end out the out the week. There are still limited spaces for the upcoming camps at RPSA which include boxing, lacrosse, golf, baseball, wrestling and track & field. For more information about summer camp or other programs at Revolution Park Sports Academy call (704) 432-4963 or visit us at 1225 Remount Road.

Youth Cross-Country Summer Camp: Cross Country For Youth (CCFY) held its first CrossCountry Summer camp at Clanton Pavilion the week of June 17-21, 2013. Clanton Pavilion connects to Mecklenburg County's Irwin Creek Greenway which makes it an ideal facility for runners. The camp was targeted for high school students and provided them an opportunity to hear from many different professionals interacting with sports psychologist, nutritionists, yoga stretching specialist, Head Track and Cross Country coach – UNC Chapel Hill, professional runners, former Olympians and World Class runners. Students also participated in a shoe clinic which educated them on the proper shoes to select for running. In addition, students ran various workouts at Freedom Park, Mallard Creek Park, Reedy Creek Park and McAlpine Greenway. CCFY is thankful for the partnership they have with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation and the opportunity to expose our youth to such rich experiences. For more information on Cross Country, please visit www.parkandrec.com, go to "Athletics" and then "Youth Athletics".

Baseball Gears up For Countywide Post-Season Tournament:

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department's 2013 Youth Baseball Countywide PostSeason Tournament began Wednesday, June 12th and will run through Saturday, June 15th. 24 Teams from three age divisions will compete for the title of 2013 Countywide Champion and Runner-up. Games will be held at both Sugaw Creek and Park Road Parks. Registration for Youth Soccer, Flag Football and Disc Golf starts July 1. For more information about Youth Sports, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at (704) 4324963.


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Upcoming Events: Visit Partners forParks.org to find out more ways to become involved in activities and fundraising that support your local parks!

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 and Recreation Center Services Jeff Robinson, Park Operations


The Friday Letter | June 28, 2013