The lights of uptown sparkled in the distance, dotted with construction cranes that marked another year of growth in Charlotte. With this view out the window from the cozy pavilion at Cordelia Park in Villa Heights, Partners for Parks celebrated another year of growing and strengthening the “outdoor living rooms” in Mecklenburg County. The 11th…

Partners for Parks celebrates another year of engaging the community through active play and green spaces. This time of year, we also celebrate those who’ve gone above and beyond in their advocacy. The five recipients of the 2019 Partners for Parks Awards have made significant personal and professional contributions to promote our parks, greenways, open spaces,…

Join us for our 2019 Annual Awards and Sponsor Celebration. We’ll have live music, heavy appetizers, craft beer, local wine and more! Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:30 – 7:30pm Tickets $50 per person or complimentary with Annual Sponsorship Cordelia Park 600 E. 24th Street, Charlotte, NC 28205 Purchase Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-annual-partners-for-parks-annual-awards-sponsor-social-tickets-72086577895 Consider being an Annual Sponsor…

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…

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