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Park & Rec offers plenty of ways to get active and have fun despite Covid-19 restrictions

With 230 parks, nature preserves, and greenways Mecklenburg County Park and Rec has plenty of pandemic-friendly programs to enjoy this fall.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Looking for something to do? Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has some pandemic-friendly programming for all ages this fall. 

Park and Rec is offering a variety of organized outdoor athletic programs this fall like pickleball, kickball, baseball and fitness programs. 

In addition, all 230 parks, nature preserves, and greenways are back open to the public. Hiking, having a picnic and playing disc golf are great outdoor activities that can be done at a safe social distance.  From Huntersville to Matthews, there’s something for everyone.

“If you want a comprehensive experience with nature and active play, you can go on out to Reedy Creek Park and then the facility we have in Matthews, the Mecklenburg County Regional Sports Complex, which is a true regional park with active and passive amenities,” said Park and Rec Director Lee Jones.

For those who aren’t ready to venture out, Park and Rec programs also include virtual options.  There are cooking classes, painting classes and free live, on-demand adaptive fitness classes. The Park and Rec webpage also includes links to other great local resources for virtual learning. All classes are offered in both live and pre-recorded formats.

Additionally, Park and Rec has opened up several Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services for participants with disabilities including hiking, gardening, art and music.

Another way the organization is helping kids and families stay active and spend time outdoors is through a new partnership with the Carolina Panthers.

 “This collaboration with the Carolina Panthers offers free virtual Challenger Flag Football. And folks are really excited about that. This is a recurring program that will allow people to learn sportsmanship as well as technical skills. “

To check out all the programs Park and Rec has to offer, be sure to visit the website, parkandrec.com.  And, be sure to take a look at all the parks and recreation facilities in your area by visiting the Mecklenburg County park map.

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