Want to time travel with us? We’re looking into the future at what Mecklenburg County Park & Rec can and should look like 10-15 years from now! In our office it’s called the comprehensive master plan, but you’ll see us calling it “Meck Playbook” in the community because it’s essentially our playbook for the next several years. The best part? YOU get to be a part of it.Continue Reading
Let’s face it: You can be five or 95…at any age, playing is fun. But, for some people, it’s much more.
Did you know that Mecklenburg County’s Park & Recreation department has Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services? I didn’t – and I had to ask what it means. Here’s what I found out: recreational therapists use activities to help those with illnesses or disabling conditions participate fully and independently in chosen life pursuits and goals.Continue Reading
Have you and your family been looking for ways to celebrate the magical whimsy of fairies? Then come out to the Fairy House Festival at Latta Nature Preserve. You’ll be enchanted by what you see!
There’s a lot to choose from so, when you get to the event, where do you start? Here are our top five “must-do” attractions to get you going when your flock of fairies lands.Continue Reading
If you want to try some new adventures this year, keep it local and keep it cheap! Here are 10 cheap things to do in 2020 for under $20, all right here in Mecklenburg County. Whatever you do, tag us on social media so we can follow along!Continue Reading
Looking to get fit in Mecklenburg County? We have you covered! With more than 50 miles of greenways, 20+ nature preserves with countless hiking trails and even an outdoor fitness area at First Ward Park, there are plenty of opportunities to get moving.
But what do you do when it’s cold, like today? Let’s face it, no one wants to go running, hiking or biking when it’s freezing outside. Luckily Park and Recreation offers plenty of indoor opportunities.Continue Reading
To be honest, the last time I remember riding a bike, I was in middle school. In my small town, rural neighborhood, I didn’t wear a helmet (no shaming please) and I rode wherever I could get the smoothest ride and the most speed! That was 😉 years ago – and now, living in a more urban area, with two young children and an active lifestyle, I want them to come along with me as I ride and make sure they’re safe.
Here’s how to bike safely as your kiddos grow:Continue Reading
What’s better than a Mecklenburg County park on a beautiful day? A Mecklenburg County golf course!
I love the game of golf. I’m not very good at it yet, but I enjoy it anyway. I have my strengths and weaknesses, but my skills are gradually improving thanks to Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation golf courses. Regardless of your skill level, these facilities are perfect for training or playing.Continue Reading
It’s no secret that Park and Rec operates a lot of different programs – there are swimming lessons, sports leagues, summer camps, fitness classes — we could take up an entire post just listing out all of the amazing things they have to offer! And while they’re all worth knowing about, there is one program in particular that we find a lot of people are unaware of – Urban Outdoor Connection (UOC).Continue Reading
Your Guide to all 52 Miles of Park and Rec’s Greenway Trails
Headed to the park? Looking to do a little shopping? Need a new route to school or work? Forget driving, take the greenway!
Park and Recreation is helping to connect you to the places you love to visit through its 52-mile greenway system. And the best part is, it’s growing! Check out the department’s accelerated greenway development plan.Continue Reading
There’s no denying it – we talk about our Park and Rec department a lot. And in doing so, we use terms like “parks” and “nature preserves” pretty often. What we’ve found, though, is that over time people have started to use these terms interchangeably. But they are NOT the same thing! They may (sort of) be similar in the way they look, but the truth is that parks and nature preserves have their own identities and serve their own purposes. Let’s compare.Continue Reading