Monday, September 29, 2008

Center City Parks Vision Plan Workshop

Parks & Recreation is hosting another Parks Vision Plan Workshop to solicit parks ideas from Uptown residents. Make your voice heard! The meeting will take place Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00p at Trinity Episcopal School in nearby First Ward.

It's Official

The Frazier Park Dog Park's "Official" Grand Opening will take place Sunday, October 12th, at 2:00p. See this invite.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CATS Budget

Last post on this for the day, I promise. An overall CATS system budget discussion will take place October 7th from 11:30a to 1:30p at the Main Library's Francis Auditorium.
A quote regarding the event: “We want to have a dialogue with citizens to share CATS’ progress and challenges faced over the past nine years and to ask for the community’s opinion on shaping the future of the transit system,” said Dee Pereira, CATS’ Chief Financial Officer. “At each meeting we will be asking attendees to fill out a survey to help us gauge what service(s) is most important to the community.”

CATS Purple Line

Is this starting to sound familiar? A public meeting on the purple line, which will terminate at Gateway Station is also planned soon. October 9th at 6:oop, the Sugar Creek Library at 4045 North Tryon Street will host the session.

CATS Silver Line

The CATS Silver Line will eventually run from Uptown southeast to Matthews. Do you have a reverse commute along this route? If so, join a public meeting on the silver line, Tuesday, October 7th at 6:00p. The meeting will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4012 Central Avenue.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Tonight's meeting will be at the Gateway YMCA, 7:00p. See you there!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Resident Meeting for Uptown Parks

Citizens interested in the future of recreation and the environment in Uptown Charlotte are invited to join a residents' stakeholder meeting about a Center City Master Plan for Parks and Open Space. The meeting will occur September 18th, at 6:00p at Trinity Episcopal School, 750 East 9th Street.
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte Center City Partners, PROS Consulting, and the Project for Public Spaces are collaborating to seek public participation in the plan. Goals of the plan are to integrate green lined streets, active public spaces, greenways and open spaces, establishing public parks and maximizing connections to cultural, hospitality, transit, and educational facilities. Resident input will be included in Parks and Recreation's 10-year Master Plan.
For more information, contact Moira Quinn at Charlotte Center City Partners.

American Heart Association Heart Walk

Next Saturday, September 20th, Uptown Charlotte will host the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. The event begins at Founders' Hall at 7:30a and will route walkers down through Third Ward and Wesley Heights. Trade Street, Graham Street, Fourth Street, Greenleaf Avenue, and Cedar Street will be affected by closures.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hands On Charlotte

Hands On Charlotte is a locally based nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, groups, and businesses. The organization will hold its 16th annual Hands On Charlotte Day on Saturday, October 18th, and will bring together more than 1,000 volunteers to participate in service projects throughout the city.
The event kickoff will take place at EpiCentre, after which volunteers will spread out to work at dozens of project sites, including several within Third Ward.
Interested participants can sign up for projects here. There is no participation fee, and each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 11 Service

Mecklenburg County is hosting a memorial service at Frazier Park, commemorating the 7th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist strike. All are welcome. The field at Frazier Park has already been decorated with thousands of flags, representing the nationalities of those who lost their lives in the attacks in the shape of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The service begins promptly at 8:30a Thursday morning.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Third Ward and Transit

This Sunday's Observer reported on the association's opposition to the CATS Vehicle Maintenance Facility planned next to the railroad tracks just south of West Fourth Street.
The concerns of the neighborhood were reflected accurately, with one exception. The neighborhood does not oppose anything associated with Gateway Station because the line is "not completely sure to exist." We actively support public transit, especially light rail and the streetcar, regardless of funding timelines. Though this is a minor issue, I have contacted the author to clarify; I also wanted to be sure residents were correctly informed.

Blues, Brews, & BBQ

Charlotte Shout's annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ event takes place this weekend on Tryon Street between Sixth and Tenth Streets. This year's festivities include the Hog Jog 5k, Great American BBQ Tour, Charlotte Cornhole Championship, and naturally, beer and barbeque. All of the events are listed here. Streets will reopen Sunday morning. Enjoy the food and drink!

Monday, September 1, 2008

North Corridor Vehicle Maintenance Facility

After gathering the input of Third Ward residents, the neighborhood association has determined there are too many "unknowns" to support the CATS North Corridor Vehicle Maintenance Facility at this time. The board elected to oppose the facility until certain concerns are resolved.
Our concerns are listed in this letter, which was presented to CATS after the most recent stakeholders' meeting. Notes from that stakeholders' meeting should be distributed within the next week; I will post them on as soon as possible.

Bearden Update

The latest Romare Bearden Park presentation - dated 7/31 - can be found on the Parks + Natural Resources page.