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    Music Box Lunch Series:

    2014/06/20

    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 3Tom Billotto
    June 6John Alexander
    June 10Caution!...

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    Partners for Parks
    PO Box 681779
    5841 Brookshire Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216

  • Events

    20 Sep 2014

    Bearden Music Series

    Come out each month to enjoy your Saturday in the park with evenings of Jazz, Cajun, Beach Music and more! Bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets to relax or dance the night away with some of the region's most popular musicians. Outside food and pets are welcomed, please no alcohol or glass containers. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

    June 28 - Americana
    SquareRoots: 3:30pm
    Underhill Rose: 5:30pm
    Shenandoah: 7:30pm

    July 26 - Soul/Beach Music

    September 20 – Cajun

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    PO Box 681779
    5841 Brookshire Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216

    ph. 704-336-8844
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Music Box Lunch Series:

2014/06/20

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 3Tom Billotto
June 6John Alexander
June 10Caution! Blind Driver
June 13John Franklin
June 17Jeff Brown
June 20Dave Haywood
June 24Alan Barrington
June 27: Colby Dobbs

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors

2013/10/08

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

2013/09/04

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

2013/09/02
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

2013/08/26

Festival in the Park - We Need Your Help!!

2013/07/25

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!

Click here to give to this project.

Click here to forward this link to a friend.

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

2013/06/05

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

2012/10/03

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

2012/01/25

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

2011/09/08

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

2011/07/11

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

2011/04/26

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

2011/04/25

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 info@partnersforparks.org.

 

Letter to commissioners

2011/04/14

Dear Commissioner,

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.

Sincerely,

Steadman Sugg
Vice President, Partners for ParksLe

 

About Partners for Parks

Partners for Parks is a nonprofit, nonpartisan support group that seeks to promote and enhance parks, greenways, open space and recreation in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and the surrounding region.

By protecting, maintaining and expanding park resources, our community can continue to enjoy an excellent quality of life while experiencing unprecedented population and economic growth. Partners for Parks works collaboratively with all aspects of the community to ensure a bright future for our region.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for citizens within the region.

 

Interested in sponsoring an event or this website?  Email info@partnersforparks.org

 
 

Board of Directors

Al Brown
Treasurer

Alvin Woods

Bill Belk

Doug Youngblood
President

Ed Schweitzer

Greg Austin
Assistant Treasurer

Jim Garges

Nils Weldy
Vice President / Marketing

Steadman Sugg

General Fund

Partners for Parks “General Fund” is an Unrestricted Fund that is used primarily to supplement on going recreation programs and facility improvements. Funds are distributed at the Board’s discretion for such programs as summer camp scholarships, the Reedy Creek “Nature Play” playground construction or sponsoring a Nature Trail Construction Conference. We actively pursue both public and private partners in order to increase the value of donations made for specific projects or programs. Moreover, this fund is used to send Board Members to national and state conferences in order to lobby Congress and the State Legislature for support for recreation programs and open space preservation. The fund is also used to sponsor fund raising activities such as our “Annual Awards Reception” that recognizes individuals and public/private entities that supported recreation and open space initiatives.

Annual Awards Event Ticket - $50

Wednesday October 2 from 5:30 until 7:30, we will recognize recent accomplishments  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.  

Asheville International All Ages Park

Bark in the Park

Benefit Concert - $5 ea. or $20 for family (4 or more)

Help Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Partners for Parks build a playground.

Come enjoy a night of Jazz under the stars at Freedom Park with Nnenna Freelon and The Branford Marsalis Quartet

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:00PM

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

Charlotte Disc Golf

Clanton Park

Community Gardens

Cornelius General Fund

Cornelius Pickle Ball Fund

David Waymer Flying Field

Dog Parks

Dowd House

Elon Park Recreation Center

Freedom Park

Friends of Davie Park

Friends of Hickory Donations

We believe that as a community we should commit time, creative energy, and money towards the continued development of our city.  We want to rally our citizens to become more involved so we can all be proud of being part of Hickory NC. Hickory is a great place to live - beautiful weather, in the foothills of the mountains, on a lake, less than an hour to an international airport and city, and we have great people here!! 

Donate here
 
   We plan to kickstart this initiative by building a park in the historic downtown area of Hickory.  We believe that this park (with a creative play structure and water play area) will bring people to our downtown - from inside and outside of the city.  We want to see more consistent pedestrian traffic downtown, because we believe this will benefit business owners not only in the downtown sector but across the region.  As people hear about the creative park that is now part of Hickory people will stop and visit. Hopefully they will see "community" here. They will see kids playing, and adults interacting. They will see thriving restaurants and shops.  We want to see people and business moving to Hickory to help our economy thrive. 
 
   We know that this kind of change doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't happen with just one thing.  The park is not the whole goal.  It will be a wonderful addition to our city, but we hope this kind of initiative snowballs.  Friends of Hickory wants to hear your ideas so that in the future we can take on and support other projects that will benefit Hickory.  All of these things make Hickory more desirable to our own residents and to outside companies looking for a place to build.  New companies bring new jobs.  A healthy economy brings money to our city.  With a healthy economy we can better support our schools, our roads, our parks and recreation, the arts, and we can better support people in need.  
 
   Please help us build a great park as success in this will help us have success in future endeavors. Please become a "Friend of Hickory!"  

Friends of Hickory Membership

Become a member of Friends of Hickory
 
We believe that as a community we should commit time, creative energy, and money towards the continued development of our city.  We want to rally our citizens to become more involved so we can all be proud of being part of Hickory NC. Hickory is a great place to live - beautiful weather, in the foothills of the mountains, on a lake, less than an hour to an international airport and city, and we have great people here!! 
 
   We plan to kickstart this initiative by building a park in the historic downtown area of Hickory.  We believe that this park (with a creative play structure and water play area) will bring people to our downtown - from inside and outside of the city.  We want to see more consistent pedestrian traffic downtown, because we believe this will benefit business owners not only in the downtown sector but across the region.  As people hear about the creative park that is now part of Hickory people will stop and visit. Hopefully they will see "community" here. They will see kids playing, and adults interacting. They will see thriving restaurants and shops.  We want to see people and business moving to Hickory to help our economy thrive. 
 
   We know that this kind of change doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't happen with just one thing.  The park is not the whole goal.  It will be a wonderful addition to our city, but we hope this kind of initiative snowballs.  Friends of Hickory wants to hear your ideas so that in the future we can take on and support other projects that will benefit Hickory.  All of these things make Hickory more desirable to our own residents and to outside companies looking for a place to build.  New companies bring new jobs.  A healthy economy brings money to our city.  With a healthy economy we can better support our schools, our roads, our parks and recreation, the arts, and we can better support people in need.  
 
   Please help us build a great park as success in this will help us have success in future endeavors. Please become a "Friend of Hickory!"  

Greenways Fund

Hats Off for Parks - Admission $20, Pre Sale Raffle $10

To kick off the Inaugural RomareFest, May 2-4, Romare Bearden Park will host the Annual Hats Off to Parks Event. 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 special entertainment by the Tams!

*Advance Admission and Raffle Tickets may be purchased by April 23rd to be sent 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)353-0504 or Lori.Saylor@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

May 2nd from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Romare Bearden Park

Hearts and Hands

Horticulture

Huntersville "Music in the Park"

Huntersville Community Center

Huntersville Pool & Fitness Center

Huntersville Recreation Programs

Independence Park

Latta Park

Latta Plantation

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

 Little Sugar Creek begins in Cordelia Park in East Charlotte, travels past uptown and historic neighborhoods, through South Charlotte and ends at the North Carolina, South Carolina State line. Little Sugar Creek is a 15-mile natural treasure that the community is working to restore and preserve. The vision is to build a linear greenway corridor that follows the path of Little Sugar Creek and connects urban, rural and suburban areas in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community with particular emphasis on the connectivity to suburban towns.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services and Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services are working together to complete the 10-year Little Sugar Creek Greenway Project. Once completed, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway will connect more people and places than any other greenway in the nation, including twelve district parks, five recreation centers, nine elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, four colleges and universities and more than twenty neighborhoods. A walking trail and bicycle path will run the length of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Along the route there will be park benches, gardens, fountains, picnic areas, out-door classrooms and play areas. The stream restoration project includes purchasing homes and businesses located in the flood plain, removing concrete from the banks, demolishing parking lots that cover the creek, realigning the dredged and channeled creek to a more natural and meandering creek, and stabilizing the creek banks through native vegetation.

The planning process of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway divides the creek into seven sections, or reaches. These reaches are grouped around appropriate uses based on characteristics of the creek and its flood plain, adjacent land use patterns and the road network. The seven reaches are primarily an administrative tool for development and implementation and once completed, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway will appear seamless to users.

In making Mecklenburg a more "livable county" Partners for Parks believes it will attract more businesses to the area. Quality of life drives the economic engine. There will also be opportunities for local businesses along Little Sugar Creek Greenway to promote or expand their business. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway will also provide opportunities for new businesses along the greenway. In the urban areas like 10th Street to Morehead we will see an increase in restaurants, shopping and other people places. Business opportunities in the neighborhood and rural areas of the greenway include food and beverage vendors and bike rental shops.

Little Sugar Creek is currently on the NC 303(d) list that identifies poor water quality in our state. Restoring the creek to its natural state, improves the water quality leading to the restoration of natural habitat. Greenways also promote cooler temperatures.

There is a great history surrounding Little Sugar Creek and a main focus of the Little Sugar Creek Master Plan is to preserve this history. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway will create a wonderful opportunity to educate citizens on the history of the community. Some historic facts to be highlighted are:
 

  • History of Charlotte as a Mill Town
  • Background of historic neighborhoods like Cherry, Myers Park and Dilworth
  • History of the Sugaree Indians who made their home on the banks of Little Sugar Creek
  • History of early settlers who thought that dredging the creek would make it a means of transportation

The estimated cost to complete the Little Sugar Creek Greenway project is $36 million: 1/3 of the cost is hoped to come from the Public Sector (Local and State Governments), 1/3 from the Non-profit sector and 1/3 from the Private Sector.

Little Sugar Creek Metropolitan

Little Sugar Creek Trail of History

Long Creek Greenway

Mallard Creek Greenway

Mecklenburg County Greenway System

Mecklenburg County Greenway System
The Mecklenburg County Greenway System is quickly becoming one of the finest in the country. Greenways linear parks that are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, art, education, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for the community to enjoy. In efforts to build a healthier and cleaner environment, the Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department is working to develop greenways across the county. Visit the greenways below and experience the beauty for yourself.
 

Mecklenburg County Greenways
Mallard Creek Greenway
Clark’s Creek Greenway
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
McMullen Creek Greenway
McAlpine Creek Greenway
Campbell Creek Greenway
Irwin Creek Greenway
Stewart Creek Greenway
Torrence Creek Greenway

Memorial Trees and Benches

Mid Catawba Canoe & Kayak

Military Golf Outing

Newtown Playground at Park Road Park

Help build a playground at Park Road Park in memory of the victims of the Newtown, CT tragedy.

Nicole Gross

This fund will support Nicole Gross and family injured during the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th.  

Oaklawn Recreation Center

RAY'S Splash Planet

 RAY’S Splash Planet is Mecklenburg County’s largest indoor water park and fitness center. The water park is open year round and features a 3-story double figure 8 giant slide, lazy river and interactive “saturation station.” RAY’S Splash Planet offers a perfect day of fun for the whole family. There is an adult’s only cardio theatre that overlooks the water park and offers full circuit resistance equipment and a separate free weight room. Visit www.rayssplashplanet.com for a virtual tour of the facility.

RAY'S Splash Planet Scholarships

RAY'S Summer Camp Scholarships

Ramblewood Park

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Ribbonwalk

Romare Bearden Art in the Parks Fund

Romare Bearden Park

Romare Bearden Park  will be a full city block located at the corner of S. Church and 3rd St. right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.   Groundbreaking is set for September 2, 2011.  The site plan for the park includes areas that reference the work of Romare Bearden, a world reknowned artist born in Charlotte. Much of Romare Bearden’s work focuses on his own memories and how those memories evolved over time. Bearden’s time in Paris influenced his work.  An area of the park  is aptly named “Paris Memory”.  Other features of the park include Big Moon Green – a large open lawn area, The Formal Oval – an area suffice for small events, Childhood Muse Plaza – a place for children of all ages with interactive water features and public art, and The Baseball Plaza – directly across from the proposed baseball stadium at the corner of Mint St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Skateparks

Soccer Fields Improvements

South Park District Athletic Fund

Southwest Park District

St Mary's Chapel @ Thompson Park

Steele Creek Trails

Stewardship - Adopt An Acre

Stewardship - Education

Stewardship - General

Stewardship - Hummingbird Festival

Stewardship - Wildlife

Teen Programming

Teens Outside

Therapeutic - Baseball

Therapeutic - Flag Football

Therapeutic Fund

 The Mecklenburg County Division of Therapeutic Recreation provides recreation and leisure opportunities for citizens who have all kinds of disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation also helps culturally diverse, homeless and at-risk teens understand and cope with peer pressure. All programs encourage civic involvement and expose participants to new and challenging public park experiences. Programs include Summer Day Camps and Summer Experiences, After-school Enrichment Programs, Community Inclusion Programs and programs that focus on increasing self-esteem. Benefits from RAY’S Corporate Challenge, an event sponsored by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, support the Therapeutic Fund. For more information on RAY’S Corporate Challenge, visit: www.parkandrec.com

Therapeutic Recreation

Thomasboro Recreation Center

USOC Paralympic Sports Club

Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec Paved Trail

Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec

Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec Amphitheater

Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec Community Center

Wesley Chapel Friends of Parks & Rec Festival

West Charlotte Recreation Center

Williams Memorial Youth Soccer

Winterfield Community Garden

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20 Sep 2014

Bearden Music Series

Come out each month to enjoy your Saturday in the park with evenings of Jazz, Cajun, Beach Music and more! Bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets to relax or dance the night away with some of the region's most popular musicians. Outside food and pets are welcomed, please no alcohol or glass containers. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

June 28 - Americana
SquareRoots: 3:30pm
Underhill Rose: 5:30pm
Shenandoah: 7:30pm

July 26 - Soul/Beach Music

September 20 – Cajun

24 Sep 2014

Annual Awards Event at Dressler's

Board of Directors

Al Brown
Treasurer

Alvin Woods

Bill Belk

Doug Youngblood
President

Ed Schweitzer

Greg Austin
Assistant Treasurer

Jim Garges

Nils Weldy
Vice President / Marketing

Steadman Sugg


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