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Accounting Tip for the week:

The person paying should be selected as payer in Active Net.

Community & Recreation Centers TYSC & SHSC Active Adult Summer Explorers Tyvola and Shamrock Senior Center partners together to host their first active adult summer camp. It was a full week long of fun and adventures as we travelled to iconic attraction in the charlotte area. A delightful lunch and snack was included daily to maintain participant’s nutrients and boost their energy as we continued to be on the go. It was a pleasure to tour the city, visit museums, and be one with nature as we visited multiple parks.

For more information about upcoming programs, contact us at 980.314.1320 or

Community & Recreation Centers Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Rec Mentee Excels in Healthy Choice Project Rec Mentee Kaniya Clark organized and conducted a Healthy Choice Workshop for the Sugaw Creek YWCA Summer Day Camp. The purpose of the project was to encourage participants to avoid obesity by staying physically active, learn how food effects the body and more. The program included a healthy choice power point presentation, guest speakers, garden visit, healthy plate contest and a gift bag presentation. Hats off to Kaniya Clark for a job well done! For more information regarding programs, events and outreach opportunities; contact us at 980.314.1124 or email

Community & Recreation Centers West Charlotte: 2018 Xtreme Camp: Splash Week West Charlotte Recreation Center continues its summer camp adventures with splash week! This week the campers went to Latta Nature Center, Double Oaks Swimming Pool, Ramsey Creek Beach and Carolina Harbor Water Park at Carowinds. We all enjoyed a variety of water games and challenges, our splash grounds, canoeing, relaxing at the beach and water rides at Carowinds. Splash week was a blast and one for the books! We look forward to discovering all the campers’ inner talents as we continue into week 7 with Charlotte’s Got Talent week! For more information about our programs here at West Charlotte Recreation Center, call us at 980-314-1120 or email us at

Community & Recreation Centers Albemarle Road Recreation Center: Summer Sports Camp Ends with a “BANG� ARRC completed 4 weeks of fun, field trips, competition, and compliments. Each week ARRC Sports Camp covered clinics in baseball, hockey, volleyball, basketball, football, soccer, and intramural play. Campers enjoyed field trips to the batting cage, skating rink, trampoline park, with the addition of weekly swim trips to Cordelia Pool Thursday afternoons. Upon the end of day pick up, most campers pleaded with their parents to allow them to stay longer to continue to enjoy the daily fun and competition. Parents repeatedly raved to camp staff about the overall satisfaction they experienced with their child enrolled in ARRC Sports Camp. For the remainder of the summer campers will experienced specialty themed camps such as Health/Fitness Week, Animal Week, Music Week, and Culture Week. For more information about programs at Albemarle Road Recreation Center Contact 980-314-1101 or email

Community & Recreation Centers Elon Recreation Center: Elon visits “Tweetsie� Railroad Rain did not stop these campers from an exciting week. The anticipation was high for the visit to Tweetsie Railroad. During their visit, the campers did some exciting activities. Campers had an opportunity to ride on some trains and learn about old locomotors. They really enjoyed playing in the jail and seeing all of the attractions. It was like visiting the old times. Back at the recreation center, the children had a visit from Sensei Deidra. She was the Self-Defense expert for the day and she showed all of the campers some cool self-defense skills. The campers learned different kicks, blocks, and punches. They even did some strength work. For more information on our summer camp programs, contact us at (980) 314-1103 or emailing us at

Community & Recreation Centers Winget Recreation Center: Winget Gets Creative During week number 7, the campers at Winget have been very busy utilizing their creative juices. They have painted and played all sorts of games. They also had an opportunity to participate in a fun Winget vs. Winget basketball game while some other campers looked on and cheered. Then campers had the opportunity to play the camp counselors. I wonder who came out on top? The campers or the Counselors? I believe the campers won this one! They have been winning all summer long. Campers also partnered with Elon Recreation Center and visited Tweetsie Railroad, where they had a blast from the past. The children enjoyed riding on the trains and catching a show with the cowboys and Indians. The campers loved getting messy! For more information regarding programs and activities, contact Winget Recreation Center at 980-314-1106 or email

Community & Recreation Centers Shamrock Senior Center: Scrumptious Science- Ice Cream in a Bag As the summer days are slowly coming to an end, the Cooking Without a Kitchen Club decided to make a tasty treat to keep them cool last week. Ice cream is definitely one of the most delicious frozen treats you can have, but many did not know that you can make it yourself! Using plastic bags, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, ice and half and half, the seniors used science to create their very own homemade ice cream. When making ice cream, the low temperature of the ice and salt mixture, which surrounds the cream and sugar mixture, is cold enough to change the state of the cream from liquid to a solid. The seniors had a blast creating their very own ice cream, surprisingly not one participant had ever done this before. Our Cooking Without a Kitchen Club is a major hit, and we are so excited to be able to provide such a stimulating program to our aging community. For more information about upcoming programs and events contact us at 704 531-9101 or

Community & Recreation Centers Tyvola Senior Center & Shamrock Senior Center: Active Adult Summer Explorers Tyvola and Shamrock Senior Centers partnering together to host their first active adult summer camp. It was a full week long of fun and adventures as we travelled to iconic attraction in the Charlotte area. A delightful lunch and snack was included daily to maintain participant’s nutrients and boost their energy as we continued to be on the go. It was a pleasure to tour the city, visit museums, and be one with nature as we visited multiple parks. For more information about upcoming programs, contact us at 980.314.1320 or

Community & Recreation Centers Berewick Recreation Center: Berewick’s Camp Adventure Week 7 At Camp Adventure, campers spend each week reading books for 30 minutes or more a day. As part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library’s Summer Break Program, children are to read up to 20 minutes a day. The more they read and are involved in various activities, children earn “badges” throughout the summer. This is great for those who are here all summer because they earn a free book for reading over 10 hours. Also this summer, the West Blvd Library has had a story teller come every other week reading a book geared towards that week’s theme and have a themed craft for our Group 1 campers. The CMPL is a great resource for us during the summer and we love having them do great activities with our campers. For more information about our upcoming youth programs, contact or call 980.314.1102.

Community & Recreation Centers Tom Sykes Recreation Center: Summer Camp Safari Week Tom Sykes Recreation Center had a blast this past week learning about all types of different animals, going on nature hikes around the facility, and even got a chance to hand feed a variety of animals at Lazy 5 Ranch! We started off the week creating safari hats for our campers to wear on their adventures and had a competition for best design before donning them on our trips. Lazy 5 Ranch was the highlight of the week, giving kids a chance to interact with Giraffes, Water Buffalo, Ostriches and many host of other cattle and interesting animals. Each day saw our games themed into animal education, playing tag games like Zoo Ranger and “Oh Deer�. Campers are looking forward to next week at Carowinds! For more information about our programs here at Tom Sykes, call us at 980-314-1113 or email us at

Community & Recreation Centers Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services: Young Adult Summer Camp The Young Adult Summer Camp through Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services is designed for young adults ages 18-40, who are working on their independence. Throughout the 8-week camp, the young adults travel all around Charlotte building their community independence through a variety of fun outings! They have visited internal MCPRD sites including Latta Nature Center, McDowell Nature Center, Marion Diehl Pool, and Kayaking at McDowell Water Front. Externally they have made popsicles, gone to the zoo, explored various botanical gardens, and more!

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Volunteer Services/Commemorative Events Bringing A RAY Of Sunshine To Summer Camps! During 2 weeks in July, our own RAY brought smiles to summer campers at Berewick, Mallard Creek, Arbor Glen and Winget Recreation Centers! RAY dropped in to shoot a few baskets‌hang out with the Superheroes‌and help catch up on a little paperwork! Thank you to John Kelley and intern Malik, who helped to bring the sunshine!

Volunteer Services/Commemorative Events Making A Difference At Ramblewood Park Volunteers came from all over to do battle with the trees and underbrush that were taking over the parking lot and road at Ramblewood Park! This group made a HUGE difference in a short time – THANK YOU to the students, parents, neighbors and Veterans who came out on August 4!

WATCH FOR UPCOMING COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS - Grand Opening at 2nd Ward High School Gymnasium – August 31 - Groundbreaking for Eastway Regional Rec. Center – September 13 For more information on Volunteering for any of our programs or projects, or about any upcoming Commemorative Events, please contact: Karen Howard at 980-314-1046 or Pamela Thomas at 980-314-1059 or

Park And Rec In The Media Can you guess which one of our facilities was recently featured on Netflix’s Original Series, “Marching Orders?” If you guessed Memorial Stadium/Grady Cole Center you’re correct! This 12-part docuseries follows Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats as they prepare to perform at the Queen City Battle of the Bands. This event hosts Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) as they battle for bragging rights.

Not sure you can commit to watching the whole season, check out episode 11, “Through the Rain.”

Out And About In Park And RecEvents Volunteer Services/Commemorative This section of the Friday Letter features pictures of our staff and volunteers doing what they love - their JOBS! If you have a photo submission for Out and About in Park and Rec, please send it to Liz Morrell at or via text at 704-615-4473. This week, we highlight the following moments from our time "Out and About" in the field: 1- Master Gardener volunteers work at the Armory Building. 2- Pamela Thomas and Karen Howard from Volunteer Services enjoy the opening of Evergreen Nature Preserve on July 11. 3- Heidi Kitterman, Jeff Carwile and Justin Jackson (Recreation Managers) show off their matching attire at AOB. 4- Terence McMurray (Facility Manager - Bette Rae Thomas Center) and Trinette Mumford (Facility Manager - Wallace Pruitt) meet to discuss summer camp. 5- Alistair Morrell (child of Management Analyst Liz Morrell) advertises Open Streets at Romare Bearden Park during National Night Out on August 7.

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The Friday Letter Volume 8 • Issue 30 • August 10, 2018

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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Senior Leadership Team Lee Jones, Director Peter Cook, Deputy Director Renea Barber, Human Resources Liz Morrell, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Lorraine Bias, Sr. Fiscal Administrator Vacant, Capital Planning Terri Stowers, Community and Recreation Center Services Vacant, Park Operations Chris Matthews, Nature Preserves and Natural Resources

The Friday Letter | August 10, 2018  
The Friday Letter | August 10, 2018