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Tell us what you think Park and Recreation is collecting feedback on these recommendations in April. If you have a suggestion or comment regarding the future of the department, please click here. Once comments and feedback are received, the final version of the Master Plan document will be published online. Similar to the 2008 Master Plan, found here, the plan will be presented to all six towns and the City of Charlotte, prior to final approval by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Final approval is anticipated in June or July 2014.

http://charmeck.org/ mecklenburg/county/ ParkandRec/News/Pages/ Help-Park-and-RecreationPlan-Its-Future.aspx

Help Park and Recreation Plan Its Future The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is updating its comprehensive master plan, and they want your input. On March 24, 2014, Park and Recreation and a private consulting firm presented recommendations to stakeholders based on: Community survey - a random household survey completed in September 2013, statistically significant to the 95% confidence level. The results of this survey set the foundation for the recommendations. (sample of results on slides 4-9); National trends in recreation. In addition to the community survey, the consultant takes into account national trends which could potentially impact the need for more or less of certain types of amenities or programs in the future. (slides 11-15); Input from our numerous partners, user groups, and advisory councils; Consultants’ recommendations based on observations and national best practices; And of course, YOU - anyone who uses our parks, nature preserves, greenways, aquatic facilities, recreation centers, or special facilities. The presentation does not include all of the capital recommendations -- just some highlights (for example, the recreation center capital needs and recommendations are included in this presentation, but it does not go into detail on greenways, nature preserves, or parks). The final plan will contain details on all future capital projects being recommended. The master plan is more than just a capital investment plan. It includes recreation and educational program services, policy recommendations, service levels, revenue/ sponsorship/cost recovery recommendations, and marketing. Park and Recreation updates the master plan every five years in an attempt to ensure services are closely aligned with the needs of our residents. It serves as a "blueprint" for future initiatives, facilities, and programs, as well as strategies for accomplishing the goals of the plan.


Romare Bearden Park RomareFest May 3-4, 2014 This two-day festival features musical entertainment, dance, art and much more!

Music Box Lunch Series These are small informal musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing, 11:30 am – 1 pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays, April through September. There will be a total of 56 performances.

Fitness Program: The fitness program provides high quality, fullservice fitness programming, scheduling and support at Romare Bearden Park on a weekly, and monthly reoccurring basis. Programs include weekly Yoga, Tai Chi and Boot Camp sessions. Some of the classes included in the specialty workshops will be self-defense, line dancing, and a cooking light series. View the schedule To register, contact Lori.Saylor@Mecklenburg CountyNC.gov.

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Romarec ont... Party in the Park Series: This is a series of weekly performances featuring new and upcoming talent. The series will start May 7, 2014 and run through September. May 7: Peace & Love May 14: Trial by Fire May 21: Who Rescued Who May 28: Lipstick on a Pig June 4: The Extraordinaires June 11: Too Much Sylvia June 18: Flashback, The Party Band June 25: The Volunteers, U.S. Army Field Band


Free Junior Golf Clinics!!! Come out April 14th or 15th and learn the game of golf! We invite any child 13 or under to come out and learn the game of golf. Golf is a game of a lifetime and there is no better time to start than now! We will have PGA professionals and apprentices eager to help your child connect with the game. CLINICS will be held at: Renaissance Park Golf Course Monday, April 14 5:30-7:30pm Sunset Hills Golf Course Tuesday, April 15 5:30-7:30pm

Come out and JOIN THE FUN! To sign up please call Renaissance Park Golf Course (704) 357-3373 or Sunset Hills Golf Course (704) 399-0980

Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Dropbox - 2014 PROW nestbox installation - Cowan's Ford Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources has been selected as one of two sites in North Carolina to participate in an international research study being conducted on Prothonotary Warblers. We were selected because we have a successful long-term nest box program for this target species. The Prothonotary Warbler is a "Yellow" Watch List species of concern (nationally) and ranked C1 (imperiled) as a breeder here in Mecklenburg County. We have received a grant for funding 30 new nest boxes with poles and predator guards. We will install these boxes in PROW breeding areas and next year we will tag adult birds with satellite transmitters. One project output will be a series of maps.


Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Rural Hill Scottish Festival The annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games will be held at Rural Hill Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday April 13. This popular festival features Scottish music, dance, games, athletic competitions, rifle and battle ax demonstrations, traditional crafts, and children’s activities. There is always plenty of good food and fun for the whole family. Visit www.ruralhill.net for a schedule of events.

Work at Park & Rec this summer Looking for a great job that pays $11+/hour with the aquatics division of Park and Recreation? For information about becoming Starguard Certified (First Aid/CPR), lifeguards please contact us at:

Ray's Splash Planet email Jody Corum Marion Diehl email Pat Daly Aquatic Center email Stephanie Whittington

All Mecklenburg County Aquatic Facilities and Pools are compliant with the VIRGINIA GRAEME BAKER ACT

2900 Rocky River Road Charlotte, NC 28215 Phone: 704-432-6459 Fax: 704-432-6461

15222 York Road Charlotte, NC 28278 Phone: 704-588-5224 Fax: 704-588-5226

6211 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: 704-875-1391 Fax: 704-875-1394


Easter Egg Hunt

Athletics The Dick’s Ultimate Super Regional

Families and friends come celebrate Easter with us !

On April 5th and 6th we hosted two youth weekend tournaments, The Dick’s Ultimate Super Regional was played at both Renaissance and Hornet’s Nest Park, There were a total of 126 teams participating in this tournament. The Rawlings/Worth Choice Spring Open State held games at Nevin Park with a total of 18 teams participating in the tournament.

WHEN: Friday, April 18 10:00am—3:00pm WHERE: Romare Bearden Park 300 S. Church Street WHAT: 11:00 Hula hoop show 12:00 Juggling show 1:00 Illusion Show 1:30Easter Egg Hunt Face Painting, caricatures and more!

Men’s Basketball 30 & Over League The Men’s Basketball 30 & Over League is getting ready for the start of their playoff games for the season starting 04/13/2014. Ten teams participated this season and games are played at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center. The Men’s B basketball league will start its playoffs on 4/15. Games are played at the Grady Cole Center and six teams participated in the league this year.


Community & Recreation Center Services Revolution Park Sports Academy: Start Something Experience Saturday, April 5, 2014 Revolution Park and Sports Academy hosted a Community Health and Wellness Fair. The purpose of the event was to promote our fitness and non-traditional programs such as martial arts and boxing. There were indoor fitness activities, fitness demos, health service vendors, giveaways, food and music. We had over 250 participants. For more information call the Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704-432-4963.

4-H Filmmaking Spring Break Camp Discover how to develop, produce and edit your own movie! WHERE: West Charlotte Recreation Center WHEN: Monday, April 14th-Friday, April 18th 7:30am-5:30pm COST: $20 per child Fee includes programs, activities and field trips. AGES: 12-15 MORE INFO: Campers must bring their own lunch. No same day registrations will be accepted. CONTACT: 704-432-6474 Tamika Pollard Tamika.Pollard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov


Who Will Be Top Dog at the 2014 Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival? Online Voting Begins April 7 Dog lovers may cast votes online, April 7-21, for the “Top Dog” of the 2014 Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival presented by Purina and Harris Teeter. Contestants submitted photos of their canine companions in March, and an independent panel of judges selected three finalists based on cleverness, originality and a written essay. Finalists include: Eli: 2-year-old Goldendoodle Graycie: 8-year-old Weimaraner Ray: 4-year-old Jack Russell/Bassett Hound

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Community & Recreation Center Services West Charlotte Recreation Center: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration West Charlotte Recreation Center's Youth After 55 Club hosted the NCASCC District VIII Saint Patrick's Day Celebration on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Our Senior Leprechauns partied with a purpose to help those in need by collecting canned foods for the food bank. District VIII's Lucky Celebration consisted of games of trivia, the history of Saint Patrick's Day and traditions, line dancing, relays, food and fellowship. We acknowledged the March Birthdays and discovered a "lucky charm" in the in the group - her birthday was actually on Saint Patty's Day! For more information, contact Calandra.Barnes@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6474.


Community & Recreation Center Services Mallard Creek Recreation Center: Recreation Employment Corp Tyree Boyce, mentee to Erica Espinoza-Keller, completed his first work week at Mallard Creek Recreation Center. He is enjoying his time; touring the facility, entering program and facility evaluations online, assisting with program set-ups, and assisting patrons with youth open gym. Tyree is extremely excited about the experiences he will gain in the upcoming year. Mallard Creek has two Rec Mentees for the program this year. The program will run through November and will offer the youth the opportunity to work up to ten hours a week gaining experience in the recreation field. For more information, contact Erica.Espinoza @MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234.

Methodist Home Recreation Center: Senior Arts and Crafts Methodist Home Recreation Center and the Shamrock Senior Center have partnered to offer Arts and Crafts to the different groups that frequent the center. The nutrition group and the Latin group meet two to three times a week for classes at the Senior Center. Methodist Home has been offering one of those classes as a cultural arts program for the participants. The seniors have had a great time making change purses, decorating vases to plant seeds and painting. This class will continue throughout the remainder of the year and give Methodist Home an opportunity to interact with various groups in the community. Hopefully, through this partnership other programs will emerge to help build a diverse bond within the Shamrock Garden neighborhood. For more information, contact Kelly Hawkins at Kelly.Hawkins @MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-6455.

Top Dog cont.… The “Top Dog” winner will be announced at the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival. The winning dog will receive a year’s supply of dog food worth nearly $300 from Purina as well as ‘wagging’ rights for the entire year. The 2014 Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival is Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville. The festival is free to attend and features contests for dogs, vendors, performances by the Ultimate Air Dogs and much more! For more information, visit the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival web page.


4th Annual Hats off to Parks MAY 2, 2014 5pm-8pm To kick off the Inaugural RomareFest, Romare Bearden Park will host the Annual Hats Off to Parks. Funds raised will help Partners for Parks, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and partners like you build a playground in memory of the youth and teachers lost in the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. Over 2,500 Volunteers will help complete the playground this October. Hats Off will feature wonderful food and desserts, cash bar, reverse raffle and entertainment by the Tams!

Aquatics Sunkissed Invitational The Blue Ridge Swim League Championships took place at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, March 28 - 30, 2014. This swim meet included 16 teams competing in the final short-course meet of the season. Visiting teams were from Catawba, Iredell, Morganton, North Piedmont, Rutherford, Stanley and Watauga counties. Seven hundred thirty-four (734) kids participated in the 3 day meet.


Hats off cont‌

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL WHERE: Carolina Courts (Concord) WHEN: June 21-22 ENTRY FEE: $250 per team with a 3game guarantee ENTRY DEADLINE: June 16 DIVISIONS: 2nd-8th grade, 16U, 18U CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

YOUTH BASEBALL

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL WHERE: Lake Norman Charter WHEN: June 21-22 ENTRY FEE: $200 per team with a 3game guarantee ENTRY DEADLINE: June 6 DIVISIONS: 3rd-11th grade CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

YOUTH BASEBALL

WHERE: Charlotte, Huntersville and Gastonia area fields WHEN: Championships will be held June 21-22

WHERE: UNC-Charlotte, BB&T Ballpark (New home of the Charlotte Knights), and Hopewell High School

VISIT CRYSTAL CAROLINA SPORTS FOR MORE INFORMATION!

TRY-OUT FEE: $25 per player

WHEN: June 18-22 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

FENCING REGISTRATION IN UNDERWAY! WHEN: June 21-22 WHERE: Hough High School ENTRY FEE: Open and Women's Events - $45 for the first event, $15 for each additional event Youth Events - $25 for the first event,$10 for each additional event ONLINE ENTRY DEADLINE: June 14 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VIEW THIS SHORT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FROM CHARLOTTE BOBCATS PLAYER BRENDAN HAYWOOD. http://youtu.be/H7cXKMGLTto

Tickets may be purchased by check or online at www.partnersforparks.o rg under the Hats Off to Parks donation fund.*Advance Admission and Raffle Tickets may be purchased before April 23rd to receive via mail. All other tickets must be purchased day of. **When purchasing advance tickets, please note in the Comment Section, the quantity of admission and raffle tickets to be purchased. For more information on the Hats Off to Parks Event or how to get involved with the Newtown, CT Memorial Playground Build, contact Lori Saylor at (704)3530504 or Lori.Saylor@Mecklenbur gCountyNC.gov.


2014 Spring Break Camps Don't spend your spring break on the couch, sign up for a Park and Rec camp today!

Let's GO! - Spring Break Camp Is your child tired of being cooped up in the classroom? Are they bouncing off the walls at home? Then send them to our spring break camp and let them get outside and play! Featuring all the fun of summer camp with half the heat, we'll explore wetlands, go fishing, and much more. Ages 7 to 9 $150 Latta Plantation Nature Center Apr 14-Apr 18 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Register Here MACK Prep Basketball Camp A skills and drills camp lead by coaches and players of MACK Prep Academy. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.1531. Ages 6 to 15 $40 Arbor Glen Outreach Center Apr 14-Apr 17 M-Th 9:30am to 5:00pm Register Here

Spring Break Camp This is a weeklong spring break camp for CMS students. We will provide lunch and activities everyday. For more information, contact Kelly Hawkins at 704-432-6455 or kelly.hawkins@mecklenburgcountync.gov Ages 8 to 12 $25 Methodist Home Recreation Center Apr 14- Apr 18 M-F 9:30am to 5:30pm Register Here Out of School - PLAY Days We're offering a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Fun activities may include sports, games, social time and fitness. Ages 5 to 12 $45 Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Out of School - PLAY Days Apr 14-Apr 18 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Register Here


Play the Day Away Schools out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. Ages 5 to 10 $25 Tom Sykes Recreation Center Apr 14 M 9:00am to 5:00pm Register Here Apr 15 Tu 9:00am to 5:00pm Register Here Apr 16 W 9:00am to 5:00pm Register Here Spring Break Fun Camp Come join us for some fun during your spring break. Activities will include sports, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, field trips and FUN!!! Ages 6 to 11 $80 Mallard Creek Recreation Center Apr 14-Apr 17 M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm Register Here Spring Break Sports Camp Spring Break Sports Camp is dedicated to the development of athletes in both traditional and nontraditional sports. Come join us this spring break as we play different sports, work on specific skills, discuss strategy and much more... Ages 6 to 11 $40 Albemarle Road Recreation Center Apr 14-Apr 18 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Register Here Revolution Park Sports Academy Apr 14-Apr 18 M-F 9:00am to 5:30pm Register Here Spring Break Skate Camp Enjoy a week of skate boarding, lessons, learn new tricks and competitions during your spring break. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.5231 Ages 8 to 15 $60 Grayson SkatePark Apr 14-Apr 17 M-Th 9:00am to 12:00pm Register Here


2014 Spring Break Camps cont.‌. Spring Break Sports Camp (Middle) Spring Break Sports Camp is dedicated to the development of athletes in both traditional and nontraditional sports. Come join us this spring break as we play different sports, work on specific skills, discuss strategy and much more... Ages 12 to 14 $40 Albemarle Road Recreation Center Spring Break Sports Camp is dedicated to the development of athletes in both traditional and nontraditional sports. Come join us this spring break as we play different sports, work on specific skills, discuss strategy and much more. For more information contact us at 704.567.1941 or albemarleroadrecreationcenter@mecklenburgcountync.gov Apr 14-Apr 18 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Register Here TR: School's Out Club - Teens On your school day out, come enjoy a variety of activities to promote social skills and physical activity while enjoying time with your friends. For more information contact Ariel.Kliem@Mecklenburgcountync.gov Ages 13 to 21 $35 /$30 Marion Diehl Recreation Center Teen Spring Break Camp 1 Don't worry, there is plenty of fun for you and your friends. Join us for games, crafts, and swimming! Apr 14 M 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here Teen Spring Break Camp 2 Apr 15 Tu 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here Teen Spring Break Camp 3 Apr 16 W 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here Teen Spring Break Camp 4 Apr 17 Th 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here


TR: VIP Travel Club Adults and seniors with visual impairments enjoy a social day with friends, while building independence and mobility in the community. Learn about historical, educational and recreational attractions in the Charlotte area - pick-up at Marion Diehl Center and at Metrolina Association for the Blind. - please bring money for lunch. For more information contact Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4325. Ages 35 and older $15 Marion Diehl Recreation Center Johnson & Wales University Tour Apr 16 W 9:00am to 4:00pm Register Here TR: Youth Spring Break Camp Join us for a summer day camp experience during spring break. We will be swimming, playing fun games and taking field trips all in a supportive environment that encourages appropriate social interaction, communication and independence. For more information, contact Abigail.Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4328 or Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4326. Ages 6 to 12 $35 Marion Diehl Recreation Center TR: SOCY Spring Break Camp Apr 14-Apr 14 M 8:30am to 12:00pm Register Here TR: SOCY Spring Break Camp Apr 15-Apr 15 Tu 8:30am to 12:00pm Register Here TR: SOCY Spring Break Camp Apr 16 W 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here TR: SOCY Spring Break Camp Apr 17-Apr 17 Th 8:30am to 4:30pm Register Here For more information on Park and Recreation programs, check out the Get Going Guide.


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The Friday Letter Volume 3 • Issue 14 • April 11, 2014

Splash into Spring with an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Ray's Splash Planet Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites children, ages 12 - under, to splash into spring by participating in the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Ray’s Splash Planet. The egg hunt will take place April 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Children will be placed in age groups for the egg hunt and are asked to bring their own water proof baskets. The egg hunt schedule is as follows: Ages 0 – 3, 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Ages 4 – 6, 6:45 – 7 p.m. Ages 7 – 9, 7 – 7:15 p.m. Ages 10 -12, 7:15 – 7:30 p.m. Pictures will also be available with the Easter Bunny, so remember to bring your camera. Admission:

Youth, County resident: $6 Youth, non-County resident: $8 Adult, County resident: $8 Adult, non-County resident: $11 Senior County resident: $6 Senior, non-County resident: $8 For more information on programs and events offered at Ray’s Splash Planet, click here.

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 Chris Matthews, Nature Preserves and Natural Resources


The Friday Letter | April 11, 2014