Albemarle Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Stanly County Schools, Stanly County Partners in Health, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, will hold a grand opening of the newest Kids in Parks TRACK Trail atCity Lake Park on. Attendees should enter the park from Concord Road / NC 73 and follow the signs once inside the park.
The Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. The Kids in Parks mission is to work with partners throughout the country to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.
Kids in Parks began through a need to fight two of the ailments facing our youth today: Childhood Obesity and "Nature Deficit Disorder". According to a study done by the Kaiser Group, children spend nearly 8 hours per day interacting with electronic media (television, computers, cell phones, video games and more); and, at the Blue Ridge Parkway – the most visited unit of the National Park Service – only 8% of visitors bring children.
Kids in Parks provides a network of family friendly trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get youngsters “un-plugged”, outdoors and reconnected with nature for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK Trail has a series of brochure-led self-guided adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Furthermore, youngsters who participate earn PRIZES for TRACKing their TRACK Trail adventures in their online nature journal on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation website.
The City Lake Park Track Trail is made possible through grant support from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and partner support from Stanly County Schools, Stanly County Partners in Health, and the NC Cooperative Extension Service.
A short video about the TRACK trails program can be found at the following link:
Toby D. Thorpe
Director, Albemarle Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 190
Albemarle NC 28002