Why parks? Why now?

Why parks? Why now?

Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, addressed the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on April 15, 2019, about the urgent need for funding to buy park land. This is the text of that address. Dear County Commissions, County Manager and Parks Director, Thank you for allowing me time on the Monday evening public comments agenda to share the reasons that parks are important to building livable communities that attract and serve residents. I am sharing them in written format via this email. As I shared, land for parks is disappearing before our eyes–and especially so in high growth areas including University City. I am urging you to plan for our future that will include easy access to parks. We are at a tipping point, and parks make Charlotte livable, inclusive, healthy. And, they strengthen our community fabric.   Parks reflect a community’s quality of life Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks also ensure the health of families and youth and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region. Access to parks and natural amenities is the foundation of great places – they are what attract people … and investment. Most importantly, public parks can provide rich and equitable opportunities for all residents. Here’s why:   Parks create community People gather to share experiences, socialize and to build community bonds in common...
Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High will host information meetings about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools budget and curriculum options. If you can’t make the meeting there, you can attend sessions at other schools on different dates. Here are the details.   Learn about the budget and share ideas Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is holding community-engagement meetings to discuss development of the 2019-2020 operating budget. Employees, parents and community members are invited to attend, learn more about the current budget climate and give input on budget priorities to support academic success for all students. The meetings will be held: April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte. April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crown Point Elementary, 3335 Sam Newell Road, Matthews.   Learn about curriculum options Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will adopt a guaranteed viable curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents, employees and community members are invited to attend sessions to help choose tools and resources for English language arts for grades K-8, math for grades 6-8 and NC Math 1, 2 and 3. The sessions will be held: April 8, Independence High, 1967 Patriot Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 9, South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road, 6-8 p.m. April 10, West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 11, Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, 6-8 p.m.April 12, Spaugh Administrative Center, 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, 10 a.m. to 2...
Our Guide to fun on the LYNX Blue Line Extension

Our Guide to fun on the LYNX Blue Line Extension

The web is full of articles about having fun along the LYNX Blue Line. In honor of the March 16 first anniversary of our Blue Line Extension, we have compiled a list of articles that will help you explore the LYNX, station by station.   Charlotte Area Transit System Guide To ALL Stations And Park-And-Ride Lots Each station and parking area listing includes a map, photo, list of features, list of connecting CATS bus routes and description of station art and artists. READ MORE   The 13 Best Places For Light Rail (Dining, Drinking And Fun) In Charlotte Created by Foursquare.com, which uses location intelligence to build its reports. March 13, 2019. READ MORE     The Idiot’s Guide To Riding The Light Rail All the basics from buying tickets to getting on and off the train. First published March 2018 and updated Jan. 8, 2019. READ MORE   Navigating The Charlotte Light Rail: Things To Do At Each Stop The Charlotte Regional Visitors Association maintains this list, which includes must-see places  and “Did You Know?” facts for each station. READ MORE     Best Bets For Stops With Kids Along The LYNX BLE Charlotte Parent published this guide, which actually includes many places that adults without kids would love, too, including numerous pubs. Published June 26, 2018. READ MORE  ...
LYNX Blue Line Extension videos on the Web

LYNX Blue Line Extension videos on the Web

You can spend days looking at online videos about the Charlotte LYNX Blue Line, posted by casual riders, CATS and several businesses. In honor of the March 16 first anniversary of the LYNX Blue Line Extension, we compiled this list of videos that appealed to us. We hope you enjoy them.   One Year Anniversary Of LYNX Blue Line Extension FOX News offers this brief report on our LYNX line after one year of operation. WATCH   First Day Opening Ceremony And First Ride A young person wearing a Charlotte 49ers sweatshirt narrates this shot-on-a-smart-phone video of the first day ceremony at UNC Charlotte, plus her first ride on the LYNX. 3,375 views so far. WATCH How To Ride the LYNX If you haven’t taken a trip yet, this video from the Charlotte Area Transit System will be helpful. 4,241 views. WATCH The 58 Millionth Rider On The LYNX Blue Line On Thursday, March 14, CATS CEO John Lewis greeted Mark Helotie as he debarked from a LYNX train in uptown Charlotte and proclaimed Helotie the 58 millionth passenger since the LYNX began operation in 2007. Helotie was pleasantly surprised. “It’s amazing there have been 58 million riders,” said Helotie, who began riding the LYNX when he moved to Charlotte eight years ago. We agree. 58 million? Amazing, indeed! WATCH   Full Ride From I-85 South To UNC Charlotte Main Station If you’ve never ridden the entire length of LYNX Blue Line and want to experience it, this video may be for you. Just know that the ride takes just under an hour! Posted on March 5, 2019. WATCH...
UCity dining hot bites

UCity dining hot bites

Getting hungry? Chew on this! Three UCity restaurants make the list of popular dining spots, says online reservation service nowait.com. The new wrap restaurant Wrapway gets great reviews on Nextdoor.com. Check out these new places near the URP: Bachi at Cochran Commons and Peno Mediterranean Grill at The Arbors. Nowait.com customers like these UCity restaurants Nowait.com makes its bread and butter helping hungry diners get reservations. Recently, local online news site CharlotteFive.com used nowait.com to compile a list of favorite places to eat among its customers. Three University City restaurants in and near University Place made the list: Next-door neighbors Famous Toastery and Boardwalk Billy’s, which overlook the lake at University Place; and Seafood Connection, which recently parked its longtime food truck to open up a permanent home overlooking Harris Boulevard near I-85. See the full report.   Wrapway getting top marks University City users of neighborhood news website Nextdoor.com have been posting positive mini-reviews of Wrapway, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant located near campus at 10221 University City Blvd. Wrapway opened a few months ago and offers authentic wraps plus raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Among the recent comments: I just tried them for the first time. Absolutely delicious. This place is yummy! The customer service is amazing! Keep seeing it pop up on Nextdoor so I finally went. Great taste. (They) let me sample the options before buying. Check them out. Wrapway is also earning praise on Yelp and Facebook. Visit wrapway.us and learn more.   Try these new restaurants in Mallard Creek near URP Looking for someplace new for lunch or dinner near University Research Park? Here...
You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

You can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful

Do you have a passion for keeping Charlotte beautiful? The city of Charlotte invites you to share that passion as a member of its Keep Charlotte Beautiful board. The board has several openings. The KCB board works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowner groups, as well as with area businesses, schools, and local governments, to create a healthier environment. KCB programs enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by providing opportunities to maintain and improve the cleanliness and beauty of our city. KCB programs include the Adopt-A-Street program, The Great American Cleanup, and beautification grants.   How to apply To apply online, click here. Learn more about Keep Charlotte Beautiful, visit its website and Facebook page. Program manager Jonathan Hill also welcomes your inquiries at 704-432-4802 or...