When we think of “refreshing,” popping open an ice-cold Sprite or Coke on a hot summer day sure comes to mind. So does a fresh coat of paint on a favorite hangout, or a new splash of color to liven-up the same old drab-looking place. Even in this summer heat, Clanton Park in west Charlotte…

“Play is the work of children.” This often-quoted phrase has been attributed to educators from Maria Montessori to Mr. Rogers. But c’mon, don’t kids need to learn about work ethic? Skills? Drills? Make the travel team? Not so fast, says longtime youth sports leader and Partners for Parks Board member, Alvin Woods. Play, says Woods,…

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