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​Have a Say on the Future of Our Parks

11/15/2019

Park LogoMecklenburg County is set to begin planning the future of our parks, and we need your help.  

“Meck Playbook” is the name of the County’s new comprehensive park and recreation master plan, a coordinated community-driven strategy to establish goals, policies, standards, and recommendations for Mecklenburg County’s recreation facilities. This process will shape Mecklenburg County’s future growth and improvement for parks, greenways, nature preserves, recreational programming, and land acquisition strategies for the next 10 to 20 years.  

Leaders from throughout the County will be joined by design team members to share analysis findings, gather feedback and input from community members, and discuss the plan process. Meetings will include free food and activities for all ages. 

“Community involvement is central to the development of Meck Playbook,” said Lee Jones, director of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. “Our system is a shared asset that everyone should be able to enjoy. The plan will incorporate community ideas, feedback, and ideas to ensure our parks, facilities and programs are community-wide destinations for all.”  

The meetings are open to everyone. Residents are encouraged to sign up via new website, MeckPlaybook.com, and are invited to attend the first round of meetings set for Nov. 20 and 21, 2019 at the following locations: 

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews
Nov. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
2425 Sports Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105  

Revolution Park Sports Academy
Nov. 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208 
 
Hornet’s Nest Williamson Pavilion
Nov. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

 
Community Survey
In addition to public meetings, the project team will also hold focus groups, community surveys and engaging events across Mecklenburg County with residents, neighborhood and business organizations, existing and potential partners, elected officials, park and environmental advocacy organizations, and regulatory agencies.  

As part of the first phase of the planning effort, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will be conducting its 2020 Community Survey in December. It will be administered by the nationally recognized ETC Institute via phone, mail and the Internet/email.  

Approximately 800 Mecklenburg County households will be chosen at random to participate in the survey. Having that much input many provides a large enough sample of opinions to represent the views and perceptions of all County residents. Selected households can complete the survey by mail, e-mail or phone.  

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and asks residents about their level of satisfaction and priorities for a wide range of park and recreation programs and services. All respondent information will remain confidential.  
The survey results will be presented to Park and Recreation in early 2020, then made available to the public during another series of public meetings.  

For survey updates and results, please go to MeckPlaybook.com, the Park and Recreation master plan website. You can also like us on Facebook — fb/MeckParkRec, and follow us on Twitter @MeckParkRec and Instagram @meckparkrec. 
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation manages and protects 21,000 acres of parks and natural areas which includes more than 230 parks, 256 miles of trails, 26 nature preserves, 18 community recreation centers, five public golf courses, three senior centers, three indoor aquatic facilities, a sports complex and a public campground. 

We offer year-round recreational opportunities that include aquatic, fitness and outdoor programs, nature-based camps and programs, therapeutic recreation programs, inclusion services, community events, and adult/youth sports leagues. As a CAPRA accredited and Gold Medal winning agency (NRPA), we are proud to be the official recreation provider and environmental steward for the citizens of Mecklenburg County.
 
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For More Information: Contact Bert Lynn at 980-314-1012 or Bert.Lynn@mecklenburgcountync.gov