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,…

Okay, that may stretch it a little — but it’s also not far off. Brad Chambers, the newest Partners for Parks board member, came to Charlotte with 30 years’ experience as a Park and Recreation Director around the eastern United States, and also is a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was selected…

Tonight’s the night! We’ll see you on the lawn at First Ward Park for the first Sounds of Summer concert of the season. The concert series kicks off with the Yonder Mountain String Band. Hank, Pattie & the Current open for them. The 2019 Summer Concert Series is presented by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and supported by…

Mr. Rogers had a way of making everyone come together and be a community — just like Open Streets 704! And while Mr. Rogers put on comfortable shoes and a cardigan sweater, Open Streets 704 invites you to put on your walking shoes and join us when the streets are OPEN, on April 28, 1 –…

When Lattie Brown moved to Charlotte from Texas in 1968, a classmate at South Meck High School quickly dubbed him “Tex,” and a young lady named Millie caught his eye. “I was the ‘new guy,’” said Tex with a chuckle. “I guess the girls hadn’t seen one in a while.” Their young love blossomed under…

Spring is upon us, and summer is not far away. That blanket you’ve been using to stay warm? Bring it down to First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte as the fourth Summer Concert Series kicks off May 3rd. On four Friday nights this summer, the Great Lawn at First Ward Park will come alive with the…

A popular park just got a little more colorful with some All-Star Weekend help from a South Carolina-born NBA star. The basketball court in Cordelia Park along North Davidson Street is popping with a familiar Charlotte Hornets-themed purple and teal, thanks to a giant, on-the-court mural from graffiti artists the Illuminaries and sports apparel company…

Partners for Parks is taking support for Open Streets 704 to a new level – literally. The recently-announced Around the Crown 10k will benefit Open Streets 704 with a road race elevated above and around uptown Charlotte on the I-277 Inner Loop. The 10k race, scheduled for 7:04 a.m. on Sunday, September 1st, 2019, will…

Partners for Parks is delighted to donate “seed money” for birds in our area, but it won’t feed them. Not directly, anyway. Birds of the Central Carolinas: Firsthand Accounts from the Civil War Era to Today is a labor of love written by Donald Seriff and illustrated by Leigh Anne Carter, who both work at…

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