Hats Off to Parks Announcement
Partners for Parks, in collaboration with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, is presenting the fifth annual Hats Off to Parks event on Friday, May 1, at the beautiful Romare Bearden Park located in uptown Charlotte. This is an annual “Park Party” held to raise funds for special projects that could not be completed otherwise.
The Friday evening fundraiser will precede RomareFest, a FREE event featuring music, entertainment and family-friendly activities, which takes place on Saturday, May 2.
May 1, 2015
5:00 pm until 9pm
Romare Bearden Park
(Former Members of Chairman of the Board)
YUMMY BBQ DINNER
Adult Beverages available for purchase
This year the Druid Hills Neighborhood Park has been selected as the beneficiary of the funds raised at the 2015 Hats Off for Parks event. Plans are underway for the addition of a Fitness Zone, walking trails, an updated playground and other improvements that will enhance the park’s contribution to the health and fitness of the Druid Hills community. We hope we can depend on your support this year.
Thank you to 2014-15 sponsors
Thank you to our annual sponsors for 2014-15. We had a great time at the annual awards event on Sept. 27th at Dressler's in Midtown. There is still time to become a sponsor. Sign up here
Music Box Lunch Series:
These are small informal musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing, noon – 1:30 pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays, April through September. Upcoming performances:
June 3: Tom Billotto
June 6: John Alexander
June 10: Caution! Blind Driver
June 13: John Franklin
June 17: Jeff Brown
June 20: Dave Haywood
June 24: Alan Barrington
June 27: Colby Dobbs
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors
Thank you to all of those who attended our Annual Awards Event on Oct. 2nd. A special thank you to our annual sponsors for 2014 including.
Sustaining Sponsors - Irwin Belk Foundation and Blumenthal Foundation;
Premeir Sponsors - Balfour Beatty Construction, Central Piedmont Community College, Cunningham Recreation, Duke Energy, Charlotte Flights, LandDesign, Landscape Structures, PriceWater, Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune L.L.P., Site Solutions, Thorlo and Woolpert;
Patron Sponsors - Carolin Panthers, Carolina Parks and Play, Charlotte Center City Partners, Childress Klein Properties, Marty and Jim Garges, Musco Lighting, Neighboring Concepts, Margaret Price in honor of Brad Davis, Rachel Martin Design, Stantec, Steel Fab Inc., Stewart Engineering, Stone Restoration f America, ValleyCrest
Donor Sponsors - Allied Caster & Equipment, Mrs. Sarah Belk-Gambrell, Nancy & Al Brown, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Joe Cogdell, Diane & Randy Duke, Dressler's Restaurant, The Hickory Tavern, Levine Properties, Myers Park Trinity Little League, Ogletree Deakins, Sierra Club, Soccer Shots, United Construction, Wirth & Associates, Doug Youngblood
There is still time to sign up for 2014 sponsorship. Become an Annual Sponsor. .
Annual Awards Reception
On Wednesday October 2 from 5:30 until 7:30, we will recognize these accomplishments and many others at our Annual Awards Event at Dressler's Restaurant at the Metropolitan, overlooking the recently restored Little Sugar Creek Greenway. At this event we will recognize our generous Sponsors, and celebrate the achievements of some of the region's most successful green space developments, park projects and community volunteers in 2013.
Purchase tickets online here
Become an annual sponsor (includes awards event tickets)
At this year's Awards Event, Dr. Tony Zeiss will update us on What's Happening on the Trail of History;, and we will announce a significant enhancement to our Board ; the creation of a Partners for Parks Advisory Committee.
Here are examples of how your annual support makes a direct impact. Partners for Parks:
1. Worked with the Trail of History Board and a major donor to create a new Fund that will build a new garden area that will be adjacent to Little Sugar Creek Greenway across the street from the Carolinas Medical Center complex.
2. Sponsored a feasibility study for the expansion of the Carolina Raptor Center.
3. Made a significant contribution and volunteer support to create a new playground at Park Road Park that will honor those who lost their lives at the Newtown, CT shooting.
4. Provided children scholarships to attend a variety of after school and summer programs.
5. Created a Fund and volunteer support to assist a local family that sustained significant injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing.
6. Established a Fund and volunteer support to work with the Friends of Wesley Chapel to create new parks and recreation facilities in that community.
7. Advocated for the adoption of 2013 Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation budget.
Romare Bearden September Events
Party in the Park Series
9/4 Peace and Love
9/11 The Extraordinaires
9/18 The Matt Stratford Band
9/25 Natural Wonder
Music Box Lunch
9/3/13 Natty Boh duo (acoustic duo)
9/6/13 Matt Stratford (guitar w/ vocals)
9/10/13 Gabriel Bello (solo sax and keys)
9/13/13 Carrie Marshall (jazz duo)
9/17/13 Randy Paul (guitar w/ vocals)
9/20/13 Roy Daye, Jr (guitar w/ vocals)
9/24/13 Sabra Callas (guitar w/ vocals)
9/27/13 Shane Tracy (guitar w/ vocals)
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Romare Bearden Grand Opening Video
Festival in the Park - We Need Your Help!!
We Need Your Help!
Gimme Shelter from the rains.....
Festival in the Park welcomes each fall with rows of tents along Freedom Park, showcasing art, entertainment and more. Those signature tents offer shelter from the weather, protect art, stage dressing areas, cover face painting and so much more. But three days of massive rains in 2011 took out 14 of the Festivals tents, leaving need for shelter from the sun and rain for the future. We STILL need 7 more tents for 2013!
As a small non-profit relying on charitable donations and grants, losing the tents is a potential big hit for our budget. Could you help us? Each 10 x 10 white tent costs $308, so we hope to raise $2,156 to cover the 7 more tents we need.
Please consider a donation to the Festival in the Park, and then come out to the Festival September 20th through the 22nd and see the much-needed shelter that you provided!
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For more information please go to http://www.FESTIVALinthePARK.org/emailblast.htm
Festival in the Park 1409 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 P: 704.338.1060
Romare Bearden update, Benefit Concert and Hats Off to Parks Recap
The grand opening of Romare Bearden has been moved to the last weekend of August due to delays in project construction caused by unforeseen site conditions and prolonged bad weather. There will be a benefit concert at Freedom park on June 15th with Nnenna Freelon and The Branford Marsalis Quartet and proceeds will go to Partners for Parks to build a playground at Park Road Park in memory of the victims of the Newtown, CT tragedy. More information
The 3rd annual Hats Off to Parks, held on May 10th at Freedom Park, raised funds for the Newtown memorial playground. The event was well attended. Ticket sales, silent auction and raffles contributed to a successful event. Thank you everyone that attended the event sponsored by Partners for Parks. Final donation amounts will be announced on our newsletter. Sign up here
Thank you to our 2012-13 Sponsors
Our 2012-13 sponsors have been announced. Please join us in celebrating sponsors and achievments on Monday October 8th. Purchase tickets here
Letter from Partners For Parks President
As the Saying goes, “good news is on the horizon”. As most of you know, the economy is slowly recovering and as a result Parks & Recreation Departments in the area have not endured further budget reductions. It will, however, take some time to restore their budgets to a pre-recession level. With this being said, it will be important for “Champions” from the private sector to step forward to assist the public recreation sector in helping provide services lost to the recession.
One of Partners for Parks’ main objectives for the coming year will be to help find these “champions” for various programs and park projects. It is long overdue for private entities to be a part of providing resources for recreation programs and parks. Two sterling examples this past year include the construction of Lincoln Heights Community Park and the donation of therapeutic recreation equipment to Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation. Companies such as US Air, Home Depot and British Petroleum (BP) stepped forward to donate both money and manpower for these projects.
Partners for Parks had additional help this past year from several private companies who recognize the value of recreation and parks. PfP’s has two “Premier” sponsors, The Blumenthal Foundation and LandDesign, Inc. for the coming year. Five “Patron” sponsors include Balfour Beatty, Landscape Structures, Duke Energy, Playcore/Cunningham Associates and Charlotte Flights Track & Field Club; and lastly four “Event” sponsors include Sonatrol, Blyth Development, Charlotte Tile and Stone Restoration and Pappas Properties. All these companies graciously shared their resources with PfP and we thank them for their donations. Their contributions will greatly help us carry out our mission this coming year.
This past year PfP was involved in several significant projects that supplemented the County’s recreational programs and facilities. As some of you know, one of PfP’s main missions is to keep restricted accounts for tax free donation made for specific recreational projects in the area. For example, PfP dispersed over $40,000 worth of donations for the construction of Lincoln Heights Community Park, and over $100,000 for the Revolution Park Golf course renovation. We currently have over 100 restricted accounts for specific recreational programs and facility construction.
Other projects included the opening and dedication of the Porter Byrum Natural Protected Area on July 27th and the sponsoring of a Trail Construction Conference at Reedy Creek Park this past winter. PfP also contributed part of our operating budget to help build the first nature play facility at Reedy Creek Park and to partially sponsor the “Study of Economic Benefits of the Parks and Recreation System” that was authored by the Trust for Public Land.
Our annual “Award Reception” was our last significant function of the year. It was held at Dresslers Restaurant in the Metropolitan adjacent to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway September 14th. PfP recognizes individuals, public and private corporations and a park project that have significantly contributed to improving recreation and open space preservation in our immediate region. Mr. Clinton Foust, a lifelong recreation expert, was presented posthumously the Brad Davis Lifetime Achievement Award and Mr. Porter Byrum was presented the Joe Cogdell Volunteer Service Award for his contribution of 27 acres of land to PfP. The Non-Profit Award was presented to the Charlotte Downtown Rotary Club for their contributions for the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Clock Tower; and the Corporate Service Award was given to the Carolina Panthers Foundation for their community work this past year.
This coming year we hope to grow our organization with several new initiatives. First we will be sponsoring the “Queen City Brewers Festival”. The event will be held at NoDa’s Neighborhood Theater on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Local Craft Beers will be featured along with great local food and live music. Proceeds will benefit PfP so please consider coming to the event. Specific information is located on our web site. Secondly, PfP will be introducing an expanded membership program to capture a wider audience in the area. Our web site was up-dated and facebook and twitter accounts were added to expand our social network. The program will include annual dues (tax free donation) and associated benefits. Additional information will be forthcoming early this year on this new program. Please keep up with us on any of these internet sites. In closing, PfP wants to thank you for your past contribution(s) and hope you will continue to be a part of our quest to improve recreation and open space preservation in the Mecklenburg region this coming year. Lastly, let us know your thoughts and ideas about our organization and activities on our social network.
Ed Schweitzer, President
Video of Romare Bearden Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Partners for Parks celebrated the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden's birthday on September 2nd with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Check out video from the event
The Romare Bearden Park in the Third Ward section of uptown Charlotte is one step closer to reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday morning at the corner of Third and Church streets to celebrate the life and legacy of the hometown artist, and to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Festivities included a performance by the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church choir, a dramatic reading of the play “Romare Bearden 1911-1988” by poet and playwright Ruth E. Sloane, and the unveiling of the new Romare Bearden stamp collection.
Elected officials including Mecklenburg County Commissioner Chairman Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx shared their thoughts on Bearden and significance of the new namesake park.
"It will be a wonderful place in uptown for people to play, and to have that kind of gathering place to keep our community strong," said Roberts.
Park Partnerships Speed up Park Development
Hands On Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation are teaming up to build an 11.5 acre park in the Lincoln Heights community. The long term plan for park development involves Park and Recreation supplying the land and the community pitching in for development. The Hands on Charlotte - Park and Rec collaboration represents the first of such efforts. Hands on Charlotte will be recruiting volunteers and accepting donations. Visit http://www.handsoncharlotte.org to make a donation. Read the full story from the Charlotte Observer here.
New Board Member Added
Jamie Carey from Jones Lang Lasalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services, was nominated and confirmed today to the Partners For Parks Board of Directors. We are excited to have him on the team.
Update on Romare Bearden Park
The Board of County Commissioners will be presented with a list of prioritized capital projects in July 2011. They have a very large list of projects waiting to be completed. In January the BOCC established a set of criteria to evaluate and rank these projects. They asked their staff to conduct this process. July is when they will be presented with their votes. It seems that most of the BOCC is in favor with the exception of Commissioner Cogdell, email him at Harold@consultmyattorney.com to voice support . They also stated that a major part of the criteria is the presence of a public/private partnership. We have struggled to date to get people serious about donating to the park due to their concern for it actually happening. THIS WILL CHANGE TODAY. In July we need to come back to them with capital commitments.
RBC, Wells Fargo, who agreed to extend the clause did it for one reason. Because they want the park built. Not to kick the can. They only granted a 12 month extension. This will take the deadline back to Q4 2012. In order to meet this deadline the parks physical construction would have to begin by Q3-Q4 2011.
We also need more support. . if we could get a fraction to come to the next meeting to show your support, we feel that would go along way. KEEP SPREADING THE WORD!!!!
Partners For Parks will be starting a fund for the Park with a specific campaign that will target this park. To find out how you can help or if you are interested in contributing, please call Ryan Johnston at 704.904.0855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter to commissioners
This email is simply about money. Saving money, creating more money, and ensuring that the County receives a sustainable stream of money for the long-term goals of the Region. What sort of investment does all of this? It is parks – especially urban parks. The vote tonight regarding the Romare Bearden Park is simply about money. A small investment in Romare Bearden Park is guaranteed to ensure a great return to the county coffers. You may recall that the Board of County Commissioner’s was presented with the true value of parks this past winter that outlined the public monetary benefit and revenue generation of the return of park investments. Parks are not a cost, they are an asset that can continually returns more than their investment.
Imagine the return of converting an old parking lot and abandoned buildings into a place of beauty and prominence in Uptown. Imagine the people’s lives that the park will touch when they come downtown to recreate, shop or attend a football, and hopefully baseball, game. Now imagine the park that will spur residential and commercial development in the Third Ward. Development that will infill several open and vacant lots. Now imagine the tax revenues from that development, and the increase in tax revenues from increased property valuation from existing residential and commercial properties in the Third Ward. Keep in mind the valuation multiplier of that increased revenue is from vertical development, instead of less revenue-dense horizontal development. That is real money that the Board of County Commissioners may use to decrease budget shortfalls, and achieve future plans.
Not only does greater support of parks increase the tax base, but it saves money in other areas of government such as expenditures for public health. Parks, such as Romare Bearden, address the issues of childhood obesity, education, and social ills such as the No Child Left Inside movement. Parks directly and positively influence the quality of life for the Region which is one of the top deciding factors that companies weigh when they relocate – especially when they relocate to an urban environment such as Uptown Charlotte.
A vote for Romare Bearden ensures that companies will continue to relocate to Charlotte, that the tax revenue base is broadened, and a place that all of Mecklenburger’s and Charlottean’s can be proud of as this park punctuates the life of one of Charlotte’s most famous figures.
Vice President, Partners for ParksLe