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
All children benefit from pre-kindergarten classes, but not all children have access to them. Public pre-k classrooms are extremely limited, and a privately programs can charge as much as $200 a week!
That’s why we’re so excited to be doubling the number of free seats offered in MECK Pre-K this year. Research shows that pre-kindergarten students reap the benefits from their early start long after the year is over. The key takeaway: It sets all children up for success in the long-run. But, there are many parents with eligible four-year-olds who still aren’t taking advantage of the program!
Let’s break down some of the common misconceptions about FREE pre-k in Mecklenburg County.Continue Reading
Moms-to-be and new moms get a lot of baby advice. Although people usually mean well, not all of it is based on fact. Myths about breastfeeding are common. The fact is that breastfeeding is a healthy way to feed your baby. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one, and it should also be an informed one.
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we’re busting NINE common breastfeeding myths*.Continue Reading
Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather.
One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to be active outdoors – whether it’s running, cycling or hiking. It’s also the season for marathons, and when sports teams start practicing for fall. And unfortunately, every year it seems we hear tragic news of a football player losing their life on the field due to heat stroke, or a runner collapsing at a race.
But it’s not just athletes who need to be on the lookout for heat-related illness. Physical exertion in the heat can be dangerous, for all ages. Anyone who spends time being active in the summer needs to be aware. This includes outside laborers such as roofers and landscapers; families visiting a theme park; and children playing outdoors.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
“Have any good plans for the weekend?”
Chances are you’ve been asked that before, by a colleague, on a Friday afternoon, or maybe by a friend or family member who’s trying to figure out if you’re free. And while it is exciting to have things in store for yourself that you can share, if there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s this: after a while, weekends can get expensive.
So, what if you’re trying to stick to a budget? Lucky for you, Mecklenburg County is filled with low-cost activities. That means you can still enjoy your weekends while being financially responsible at the same time. Let’s look at a few examples.Continue Reading
What’s summer fun if you have to leave your dog at home? Well, you don’t. There are a number of places throughout Mecklenburg County that would love to have you both for a visit. All you have to do is leash-up and BYOB – that’s Bring Your Own (Poop) Bag, of course! Let’s countdown the best of them so you can soak up the sun and get some steps in with your furry BFF this season.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
How many of the following statements would you say describe you?
- You love children.
- You love to give back.
- You’re actively seeking ways to help the community.
- You’re willing to open your home to someone in need.
- You have room in your heart to care for another.
If you said yes to most or all of the above, now see how many of these statements describe you.
- You are at least 21 years old.
- You have been a resident of Mecklenburg County for at least six months.
- You rent or own your home.
- You are employed or receiving retirement or disability.
If you match the above criteria, we’d like to ask you this: Have you ever considered foster parenting? Foster parents provide temporary homes for children up to 18 years old who have been abused, neglected or declared dependents until they can return home or until a permanent home is found for them.Continue Reading
Written with assistance from Kristen Haas, Environmental Educator at Park and Recreation
If the word “snake” is enough to make you shudder, you’re not alone. Snakes are feared by many and no matter how often we try to convince you that they’re not that bad, chances are you’ll still want to keep your distance. But that’s not such a bad thing – respecting wildlife often means keeping it at arm’s length (or further, depending on the creature). It also means being educated about the types of wildlife you are likely to encounter whether you’re out and about or just working in the yard.Continue Reading