Free event to offer interactive demonstrations, take pulse of park offerings
On Saturday, March 24, Mint Hill residents will get a sneak peek at services the town’s two parks could offer in the future.
The town will host a Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairview Park, 8850 Fairview Road, in Mint Hill. The free event invites community members to participate in interactive demonstrations of various sports and activities featuring local experts and giveaways also will be available. A rain date has been set for Saturday, March 31.
Ron Freeman, chair of the town’s Parks & Recreation Committee, said the event has been in the making for almost a year. For some time, members have wanted to host a Day in the Park for citizens to give their opinions on what park services they would like to see.
“It’s a chance for folks to come out to the park and share their opinions and desires on what they want the park to offer,” Freeman said.
Professionals will give demonstrations on disc golf, tennis, volleyball, yoga, dance and martial arts. When choosing the professionals to lead these interactive lessons, Freeman said the goal was to pull as many people from the Mint Hill area as possible.
These demonstrations will give the public a chance to experience services the park may be able to offer in the future. Based on the success of the demonstrations and feedback from participants, the committee will decide if the services would be worth offering to park-goers in the future.
“Our board members want to be sure we’re offering everything we can,” Freeman said. “We’re going to wait and see what comes from this. There may be some things we’re missing. You don’t want to get complacent with something like this.”
The Day in the Park is part of a larger effort from the town to gauge interest and use of the town’s two parks. The town recently launched an online survey, available at www.minthill.com/parksurvey, to hear feedback from area residents.
“We decided to do this to gauge the results of the parks,” Deputy Town Manager Lee Bailey said. “This could open up some opportunities for more park services.”
Bailey said the town has received 90 survey responses so far. The survey will be available through April and residents also can take the survey in person at the Day in the Park and during Discover Mint Hill set for April 21. The town also advertised the survey in its newsletter and plans to direct citizens to the survey in an e-mail blast with several of the community homeowners associations, Bailey said.
Both town officials and the Parks & Recreation board are pleased with the number of visitors the parks see. Bailey said security logs of use and reservations verify both parks get a lot of use. But the Day in the Park will allow the town and the board to see if they can do anything else to better serve those who already frequent the park, or draw others in.
“There may be expectations of offering exercise or sports lessons,” Bailey said. “People wanting to try out things they’ve not tried before. (Day in the Park) is just an opportunity for folks to get a small taste of some possibilities.”
Want to go?
The Town of Mint Hill will host Day in the Park Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairview Park, 8850 Fairview Road.
The following demonstrations will offered:
• Disc golf, led by Innova Disc Golf, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
• Tennis, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
• Volleyball, 11:30 to noon.
• Yoga, led by Tone Your Temple, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
• Dance, led by Mint Hill Dance, 1 to 1:30 p.m.
• Martial arts, led by King Tiger, 1:30 to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.minthill.com.
What do you think of Mint Hill parks?
Mint Hill has launched an online survey about its parks and recreation offerings.
The survey, available at www.minthill.com/parksurvey, asks area residents how often they visit each of Mint Hill’s two parks, Fairview Park and Wilgrove Park, what they like to do there and asks for suggestions about improvements. The survey also asks users whether Mint Hill should create its own parks and recreation department and, if so, how should the department be funded.
The survey will be available through April and residents can take the survey in person at Day in the Park. Paper copies are available, by request, at town hall, 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.