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DECEMBER 2012
Happy Holidays from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation! We hope that this newsletter provides some exciting things to do that will keep you active this holiday season.

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Holiday events SWIM WITH SANTA! DEC 14 & 20 AT RAY'S SPLASH PLANET
 
Get in the holiday spirit early and spend some quality time with the man himself......SANTA! Join him for a swim in the splash park this holiday season. Be sure to bring your wish list. He will be available for photos. Please bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Both events begin at 5 p.m. and are $10 per person. Additional Park and Rec holiday events


Richard Hunt RICHARD HUNT SELECTED AS PUBLIC ARTIST FOR ROMARE BEARDEN PARK

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Arts and Science Council announced that renowned African-American sculptor Richard Hunt has been selected as the public artist for Romare Bearden Park. The artwork is scheduled to be installed in the park, currently under construction in Third Ward, by September 2013. Hunt’s sculpture, tentatively titled “Memory Place,” will be made of welded stainless steel, and is intended to create a sculptured collage containing references to Romare Bearden’s artistic practice, traditions and inspirations. Within the referential frame of Bearden’s life, the sculpture conjures up the Eiffel Tower, county churches, and roots in land and water associations. A Chicago based artist, Hunt began his career in 1955 as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. His first large scale public art commission came in 1967. In the 45 years since, Hunt has received more than 100 commissions across the United States and has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Ford and Tamarind Fellowships. He was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson as one of the first artists to the governing board of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2009, Hunt was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more

Get Going Guide 'GET GOING GUIDE' GETS A NEW LOOK FOR WINTER 2012

The winter 2012-2013 issue of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Get Going Guide is now available online. This issue launches an all-new design with easier-to-use information on programs for all ages occurring in December 2012 and January and February 2013. The Get Going Guide is posted as a PDF as well as in flip book format. Users will be able to view enhanced park facility maps and video, easily navigate to department web pages, and register for events via Eparks. The spring 2013 issue will be available in February and will cover programs occurring in March, April and May.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED FOR BARTON CREEK GREENWAY

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Greenway Advisory Council will host two community workshops to gain citizen input on the design and construction of Barton Creek Greenway.

The workshops are scheduled for 6 p.m., at the University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte.

Dates:

  • December 17, 2012
  • January 7, 2013
The proposed greenway will connect the existing Mallard Creek Greenway to JW Clay Boulevard and provide connectivity to University Place.

Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge COWAN'S FORD AMONG TOP PLACES TO ENJOY WILDLIFE IN NORTH CAROLINA
 
Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge has been listed as one of the top nine places to enjoy wildlife in North Carolina by the NC Wildlife Federation.

The refuge is a 850-acre peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, a reservoir of the Catawba River and primary drinking water source for over 700,000 people in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. The refuge protects a diversity of natural communities, four miles of shoreline, and a natural heritage site.

North Carolina is blessed with a wide diversity of ecosystems and wildlife species. From elk to red wolves, from Venus fly traps to bobwhite quail, the state is home to more than 825 species of fish and wildlife, 175 species of butterflies, and over 625 flora species. The “Nine in North Carolina Not to Miss” list by no way includes all the special places the state offers hunters, anglers, campers, paddlers, hikers, photographers or birders, but it encompasses nine that are certain to capture the beauty and uniqueness that is North Carolina.

The list from west to east is:


  • Little Tennessee River
  • Green River Game Land
  • Wilson Creek
  • Stone Mountain State Park/Thurmond Chatham Game Land Complex
  • Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Roanoke River
  • Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge-Pungo Unit
  • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Learn more about each of these spectacular wildlife recreation sites.








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