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


Vision Fest Takeaways

August 13, 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.

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.

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Recent tweets

Volunteers are helping to keep our parks beautiful with “A Walk in the Park" trash pick-ups on Tuesdays, 11 am-noon. Want to join us? ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST PRE-REGISTER. Get all the details and sign up here:
➡️ Questions? Email

🌳 When the new Stevens Creek Nature Preserve opens this fall, you will experience an exciting interpretive experience unlike anything in Mecklenburg County! Check out the details in this write-up from our friends at Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly:

#SundaySpotlight 🏕️ Let's go camping at McDowell Nature Preserve! It's easy to make a reservation by phone or online. Enter your dates, choose your campsite from the map, add to your cart and GO! Call 980-314-2267 or visit

Project Timeline

The 18-month plan development process has just begun! Below is a timeline with project milestones and goals for each step of the plan’s development.

  1. Phase 1 (Discovery)
    The first phase of Meck Playbook will begin with a review of plans previously created for the County and initial conversations with key stakeholders and initial public engagement.
  2. Phase 2 (Inventory)
    Meck Playbook will take inventory each of the system’s parks, nature preserves, greenways, trails and facilities, and research current asset access, demographic and recreation trends, and environmental systems.
  3. Phase 3 (Envision)
    The Playbook will focus on developing initial ideas, goals and future septs that will add up to a cohesive vision.
  4. We are here

    Phase 4 (Implementation)
    The master plan vision needs to be actionable and comprehensive. This phase of the plan will take the vision and goals and pair them with a series of recommendations that are prioritized as part of an implementation strategy.

Plan Presentations and Reports

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time, check back soon or sign up here to receive updates!

A woman playing pickleball on a blue court.
Two people playing pickleball on a blue court.

Queens University Tennis Complex at Marion Diehl Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

Past Events

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews

November 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
2425 Sports Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105

Revolution Park Sports Academy

November 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Hornet’s Nest Williamson Pavilion

November 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
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Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park with several people in the background.
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park.

Clark’s Creek Community Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)