A blossoming partnership

On this week's CTW...

WHE105-28-13.jpgMay 28, 2013 -- We took a trip to Weddington Hills Elementary School where the community has partnered with Cabarrus County to develop walking trails, nature trails, butterfly gardens and other beautification projects that put students in the heart of nature, just yards away from the school building. The beautification projects were developed through the Cabarrus County’s matching incentive grant program.
On the trail, there are three main areas: wetlands, butterfly garden and a bird feeding area, all of which are planted with native trees, shrubs, perennials and berry trees. The trail is 2,400 feet long, and includes a pond and a garden. The area is certified by the Natural Wildlife Federation as a schoolyard habitat, which means they have committed to providing animals with food, water, shelter and an area to raise their young.WHE25-28-13.jpg

Students enjoy learning, exercising and working in the habitat, which brings science to life by teaching hands-on lessons in ecology, conservation, horticulture and life science, to name a few. Everything along the trail, from the compost heap to the brush pile, has a purpose. And visitors can learn about these gems as-you-go, by reading informational markers located throughout the trail.
Since the Cabarrus County incentive grant program began in 1977, the County has contributed more than $1.8M to projects like this across Cabarrus. The incentive grant program encourages community groups to work in partnership with County government to develop recreation facilities that transform and enhance overlooked areas into neighborhood treasures. The grants provide up to 50 percent of the actual project cost, based on the amount approved by the Commission.
If yoWHE35-28-13.jpgu are interested in starting a similar beautification project in your corner of Cabarrus, now is the time to apply for a grant. The Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks Department office will accept grant applications for the matching incentive grant program until the June 14 deadline.
For more information or to receive an application for the matching incentive grant program, call 704-920-3360, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/parks or stop by the Concord Senior Center, 331 Corban Avenue SE, Concord.

Catch these segments on this edition of CTW

  • Cool Breeze Heat Relief Program
  • Microsoft Publisher Class, May 30
  • Ducktona Dash, June 1
  • Camping under the stars, now through October
  • Book clubs at Concord Library, May 28 and 30
  • Storytelling: It Happened in Cabarrus County, June 8
  • Neighborhood improvement sessions, by appointment
  • Piedmont Farmers Markets are open for business
  • Green Thumb Perfection program, first Tuesday of each month
  • Dig Into Reading program, June 20, 25 and 27
  • Visit a 4-H club
  • Summer concerts in Kannapolis
  • Downtown Concord Ambassador Program seeks volunteers
  • Something is always happening at the Senior Centers
  • Cabarrus County Budget Workshops