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MAY 2012
In late April, Park and Rec held a ceremony marking the completion of the entire urban section of Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Check out the video.
 

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GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE MECKLENBURG COUNTY SPORTSPLEX IN MATTHEWS SET FOR MAY 17

Park and Rec and the Town of Matthews will mark the official groundbreaking of the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews on May 17 at 9:30 a.m. The facility will house 12 multi-use fields capable of hosting events such as soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and rugby as well as a championship stadium with seating up to 7,000 designed to compete for local and national tournaments.  Parking for the event is available at the Matthews Public Works Department, 1600 Tank Town Road. Click to view a rendering of the complex.

 National Gold Medal Award  
2012 National Gold Medal Award  
PARK AND REC NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL AWARD FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has selected Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department as a finalist for the 2012 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence and Park and Recreation Management. This is the third year in a row the department has been named a finalist for the award. Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into five classes based on population. This year, the Gold Medal Award is expanding to include a new category for armed forces recreation communities. This category will recognize the contributions of military recreation providers and the work they do among service members, their families, retirees, reservists, civilian employees and local communities. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year. Park and Recreation will compete in the Class I category (population 250,000 and over) against:

  • City of Henderson (NV) Parks and Recreation Department
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD
  • Plano (TX) Parks and Recreation
Winners will be announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, CA., Oct. 16-18, 2012.

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  Summer Get Going Guide

SUMMER GET GOING GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Summer 2012 Get Going Guide is now available online both in PDF and flipbook format. The guide features program information for the months of June, July and August as well as a complete list of summer camps and links to Park and Rec videos. 



PARK AND REC OUTDOOR POOLS OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

If you're looking to beat the summer heat, visit one of our two outdoor pools, Cordelia or Double Oaks. Pools open Saturday, May 26 and will be open every weekend  (Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m.) through Labor Day. Pools will also be open on weekdays  (noon - 6 p.m.) after the last school day of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (June 9). The outdoor pools also offer summer swim leagues for youth, free swim lessons as well as open swim opportunities.  Admission is $1 for all ages.  For more information, call 704-336-3483.


WATCH PROFESSIONAL LACROSSE AT AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL STADIUM

Join the action this summer as the Queen City's newest professional team, the Charlotte Hounds, take the field at the American Legion Memorial Stadium against the best that Major League Lacrosse has to offer. Upcoming games include:
  • June 2 VS the Hamilton Nationals
  • June 16 VS the Boston Cannons
  • July 7 VS the Chesapeake Bayhawks
  • August 11 VS the Rochester Rattlers 
All games start at 7 p.m. For ticket information, click here.  





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