Two kids sitting in blue kayaks on the water, smiling as they lift their paddles above their heads.
McDowell Nature Preserve (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)


Weren’t able to join the July virtual principle discussions? Check out the presentations and feedback here.

August 17, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual principle discussions on July 15 and July 16, 2020! We enjoyed saying hello remotely and discussing opportunities, concerns, and potential projects that support each of Meck Playbook’s four plan principles.

For those of you unable to join us, you can access the presentations and poll results and feedback from all four sessions via the links below.

Commit to Equity Session
Evolve and Grow Session 
Tell More Stories Session 
Move Beyond Boundaries Session 

Summary of Feedback from all four sessions 

Vision Fest Takeaways

July 30, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended Meck Playbook’s first virtual public workshops on June 23, 2020! We had a blast sharing our progress and discussing ideas with the Mecklenburg County community!

Over three sessions, we had 108 participants, representing 84% of Mecklenburg County’s zipcodes, and collected 148 comments. Ideas ranged from opportunities to share more stories about our shared history to safer crossings between neighborhoods and local parks to programs for nature education.

You can find a more detailed summary and poll results from the virtual public workshops here.

Want to view the recorded presentation? Click here.

We’ve launched a newsletter!

April 15, 2020

Hello from Meck Playbook!

We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe during this unique time.

While we each do our part to practice social distancing and keep our loved ones safe, the Meck Playbook countywide park and recreation master plan wants to keep you up to date on all things park and recreation! Every two weeks, we will share updates about County parks and facilities, include fun mini quizzes and polls to test your knowledge of the County’s system, and give you insights into different elements of the master plan process. You can sign up to receive the newsletter, here.

For more information, head to our website,

Let’s stay connected!

Why a newsletter now? As a question in the comprehensive survey that was released as part of the master plan in November, we asked residents how they want the Department to communicate news and updates about parks and recreation programming.

We found out that 42% of Mecklenburg County residents prefer email communication from the Department in comparison to 8% of people nationally.


Getting outdoors during COVID-19

It important to stay active for the health and well-being of you and your family. Before you head to your favorite local park or greenway, please refer to the County’s website for updates about park and facility closures related to COVID-19.

We are postponing our second round of Meck Playbook public workshops

March 16, 2020

In light of the local, state, and federal restrictions for mass public gatherings due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is postponing all planned public meetings and presentations until further notice. Our meetings and presentations will be rescheduled when it is safe for us meet again in large groups and gather your input on ways to continue to improve and expand our park and recreation offerings. We will notify residents of rescheduled dates through the County’s calendar here.

Thank you for your patience and wash your hands!

Join Us March 19, 20 or 21 for our second round of workshops!

March 11, 2020

Join us for games and free food and share your visions for the future of your parks, greenways, and programs! We will share analysis findings, a draft vision, and initial opportunities for improvements and enhancements to parks, facilities, trails and programs. This will be an opportunity to gather feedback and input from community members. All community members are encouraged to participate, regardless of attendance at the first round of public meetings.

We look forward to seeing you!

March 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Beatties Ford Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte

March 20 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Ave, Cornelius

March 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road North, Charlotte

Welcome to Meck Playbook!

November 15, 2019

We hope you can join us for our adventure fests next week, November 20 to 21. If you can’t join us, leave us a comment on the website and sign up for updates.

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 during the month of 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. This quantity of households is needed in order to obtain a sufficient sample that represents the views and perceptions of the entire community. Selected households will have the opportunity to complete the survey by mail, e-mail or phone. 

The survey will ask residents about their level of satisfaction and priorities for a wide range of park and recreation services. It will take participants approximately 15 minutes to complete a survey. All respondent information will remain confidential.

The survey results will be presented to the Department early in 2020, and then made available to the public during our next series of public meetings. Park and Recreation Department Director Lee Jones stated, “The purpose of the survey is gather feedback on county-wide Park and Recreation open spaces, programs and services. It will be a valuable tool used to measure the progress our master plan’s priorities and help plan for the future. Actively engaging residents will help identify areas where we can improve. I look forward the community’s feedback and the myriad ways their satisfaction with the system and their needs for their parks will inform our decisions.”

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