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MARCH 2012
   


ENTER YOUR POOCH FOR ‘TOP DOG’ HONORS AT
®2012 PEDIGREE® BARK IN THE PARK PRESENTED BY FOOD LION!
 

Sign-up your dog for this year’s Top Dog Photo Contest, part of the 2012 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion on Saturday, April 28. Bark in the Park will be at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd. Huntersville, NC. This festival is a signature event of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to promote dog parks.  Last year, more than 70 photos were submitted; the winner was a 4 1/2 –year old miniature dachshund named Bella, featured in this year’s logo. The entry period this year runs March 5- March 23. Online registration is preferred with the entry fee of $12 payable by Visa or Mastercard. You may also register by mail (mail to: Top Dog Photo Contest c/o Michael Daly, Revolution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Road, Charlotte, NC 28208). If paying by check, make $12 payable to “Partners for Parks” with “Bark in the Park” written on the memo line. Judges will select three finalist photos for cleverness, originality and appearance. Finalists will be posted on the Bark in the Park web page for online voting, April 2- April 16, for Top Dog. The winner will be announced April 23 on the website. The Top Dog and owner will receive a professional portrait by Tianna Fisher and serve as grand marshals of the Pooch Parade at Bark in the Park.  


PARK AND REC PROJECTS GET FINANCIAL BOOST FROM PARTNERSHIP WITH ASC AND BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation projects are getting a financial boost thanks to a partnership with the Arts & Science Council (ASC) and a $15,000 challenge grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). The grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, Park and Recreation projects on www.power2give.org, a fundraising platform and project of ASC. The projects are presented by Partners for Parks, a non-profit organization that promotes and enhances parks, greenways, open space and recreation in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and the surrounding region. “This grant is unique to the Charlotte area and will provide amazing outdoor opportunities youth would not otherwise receive,” said Anthony Shaheen, outdoor recreation specialist at Park and Rec’s McDowell Nature Center. The match supports the following four projects: 

  • Adventure Camp Scholarship Fund providing unique ways for youth from low-income households to become engaged with the outdoors;
  • Upfitting of McDowell Greenhouse providing Charlotte youth the opportunity to grow food crops for consumption;
  • After-School Outdoor Clubs providing 120 youth activities that help young people develop curiosity in the outdoors and learn about their connection to the natural world;
  • Environmental Education Scholarship Fund serving 330 at-risk elementary and middle school students with hands-on environmental education experiences.


Launched August 29, 2011, power2give.org is a project of the Arts & Science Council (ASC) that provides non-profit organizations a way to raise dollars for projects in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Projects are posted on the site and individuals and corporations donate directly to projects they are passionate about. The site has funded more than 100 projects, generated 1,258 donations and raised more than $250,000.

 Boxing Tourney  
Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament  
GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING TOURNEY TAKES CENTER STAGE AT SUGAW CREEK REC CENTER


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will host the 2012 State Golden Gloves Open and Novice Boxing Championships at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. The tournament will feature both male and female boxers from across North Carolina who are registered with USA Boxing. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and under, $10 for ages 13 and up.

Schedule of events:

Friday March 9

  • Weigh-ins: 10 a.m. – noon Brookwood Inn, 1200 W. Sugar Creek Road
  • Physicals: 5:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. Brookwood Inn
  • Bouts begin: 7 p.m. Sugaw Creek Rec Center 

Saturday March 10 

  • Weigh-ins: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Brookwood Inn
  • Physicals: 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Brookwood Inn
  • Bouts begin: 4 p.m. Sugaw Creek Rec Center


BEAVER MANAGEMENT PROJECT TO HELP PROTECT PARKS, PUBLIC SAFETY

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Division will soon begin wildlife management projects that will focus on the reduction and removal of the beaver populations at Colonel Francis Beatty Park and Park Road Park. The purpose of these projects is to prevent further damage to the numerous trees that surround the lakes, to protect the trees surrounding Lake Pointe Hall (Beatty), and to improve public safety. The projects will begin as early as March 2012. Staff will address the issue by laying wire fencing around shoreline trees to prevent further damage caused by beavers. In Beatty Park, more than 50 trees have already been protected. As a last resort, the County will hire a wildlife damage control agent to set up traps to control the beaver, and captured beavers will be put down.

Beatty Park
A recent survey of the trees within 50 feet of the shoreline surrounding the lake at Beatty Park yielded 196 hardwood trees (4 inches in diameter or larger) that had mild to fatal damage from beavers removing the bark. Scores of trees were chewed so severely that they have fallen or will fall within the next few weeks. Additionally, innumerable smaller shrubs and saplings were cut down along many sections of the shoreline, which places the banks in danger of eroding due to loss of vegetation.

Park Road Park
Park Road Park does not have the same level of activity, but there is currently significant damage to many of the shoreline shrubs and small trees. As such, the department wants to proactively address the issue before it gets out of control. Additionally, the beaver lodge is located on a critical slope and removal will be necessary to ensure the long-term soil stability of the earthen structure.

The North American beaver is our largest rodent species, with adults reaching up to 4 feet long and weighing as much as 60 pounds. They can live for up to 20 years and live throughout most of the United States. Their primary food source is cambium, the soft tissue just below the bark of many hardwood tree species. Beavers are important members of our wildlife because they help build wetlands, reduce stream erosion, increase biodiversity and, ultimately, help create forests. Depending on the location and size of the population, beavers are typically allowed to do their work unmolested in many of our nature preserves and in some of our parks. However, the extensive damage, concern for public safety and the threat of building damage requires the removal of these specific groups of beaver in Beatty Park and Park Road Park. For more information, contact the Nature Preserves and Natural Resources Division at 704-432-4531.
   Senior Games
  2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games and Silver Arts

ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE: PARTICIPATE IN THE CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG SENIOR GAMES

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites seniors, age 55 or better, to register now through March 23 for the 2012 Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games, April 16 through May 26. This is a qualifying year for the 2013 National Senior Games.

Senior Games athletic events include swimming, golf, tennis, 3 on 3 basketball, racquetball, badminton, track and field, croquet, football throw, spin casting, basketball shoot, softball throw, bowling, table tennis, billiards, archery, bocce, horseshoes and shuffleboard. They also feature non-athletic events such as visual and performing arts: basket weaving, china painting, crocheting, rugs, jewelry, knitting, needlework, pottery, quilting, stained glass, tatting and needle lace, tole/decorative painting, weaving, woodcarving, woodworking, woodturning, ceramics, acrylics, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastels, photography, sculptures, water color, essays, life experiences, poems, short stories, comedy/drama, dance, instrumental, vocal, cheerleading and line dancing.

New for 2012: cornhole (competition) and pickleball (demonstration sport).

Last year Senior Games in Charlotte-Mecklenburg drew 300 participants. More than 100 advanced to the State Games in Raleigh and 22 made it to the National Games (held every other year) in Houston. This year the Games seek even more! Mecklenburg seniors and seniors in surrounding counties are eligible to participate here. Statewide, Senior Games are open to all seniors who live in the North Carolina. To register, visit www.cmseniorgames.org or ask at any Mecklenburg County Recreation Center. The registration fee is $20 per person (with an additional $10 for bowling and $46.59 for golf). Participants must have lived in North Carolina for three consecutive months.

IVORY BAKER RECREATION CENTER HAS PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS NOW

At the Ivory Baker Recreation Center, something new is happening. There are a few new pre-school programs underway that are fun, innovative, hands-on, and informative. Pre-registration and parent/guardian attendance is required for all programs.
  • Krafty Kids Ages: 3-5 years Two ($2) dollars per child per class 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dates and course codes are: March 22 #32488; April 12 #32491; April 26 #32492; May 10 #32493; May 24 #32494.
  •  Toddler Time Ages: 2-5 years Two ($2) dollars per child per class 10: a.m. to 11 a.m.. Dates and course codes are: March 15 #32498; April 5 #32499; April 19 #32500; May 3 #32501; May 17 #32502.  
LUNCH & LEARN WITH YOUR MECKLENBURG EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS AND COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT

From starting a veggie garden to selecting shrubs for your yard to renovating your lawn, join us for a lunch hour gardening series. Bring your lunch and join the experts for a free, open-forum gardening discussion. Each how-to garden session begins with a 30-minute educational presentation, followed by a Q&A session in which your gardening questions become the topic!

Six sessions to choose from March - May
Join your Extension Master Gardeners and County Extension Agent from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays in March, April, and May at the Mecklenburg County Extension office.

Where
Located at Independence Park near CPCC, 1418 Armory Drive (just off 7th Street) free parking available. Enjoy strolling through the EMG demonstration gardens as you follow signs to the Lunch & LEARN auditorium.

Register here, it’s free 
To register, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 704-336-4011 or register online.

Classes
  • March 5 Activities in your Spring Garden
  • March 19 Starting an Herb Garden
  • April 2 EASY Summer Vegetable Garden
  • April 16 Perennials 101
  • May 7 Go Native! Native Plants in Your Landscape
  • May 21 Backyard Entomology





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