Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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to plant flowers," Durst notes, "so they were able to help with maintenance as well as add to the beauty of the park." Several Eagle Scouts and their troop members have also undertaken projects, including building and maintaining the boxes that surround the community garden plots. The Village of Marvin designed the park to be a "passive recreation" site, which means no athletic facilities or games are held in the park. "But we do allow people to rent the barn for yoga or use the trails for running clubs," Durst says. Visitors can also enjoy cornhole. The park hosts three main events each year: National Night Out, which promotes police-community partnerships (to be held this year on Aug. 7), a holiday tree lighting in the winter and an outdoor movie night in May. All park users need to display a parking permit. Marvin taxpayers receive two free permits. Non-residents can purchase an annual permit for $50, a daily permit for $5 or volunteer for five hours to receive an annual permit. The park is also a popular spot for professional photographers to shoot nature pictures or family photos. The professional access fee is $20 for a one-day pass or $100 for an annual pass. Summer hours for the park — located at 8909 New Town Road — are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.marvinnc.org/marvin-efird-park. Efird Park's popular features include a redwood playground, community garden and rentable barn space. Ballantyne's Premier Family Practice Deborah J. Aten, DDS Anthony M. Garofalo, DDS 3420 Toringdon Way, Suite 310 Charlotte, NC 28277 AtenGarofaloDental.com (704) 540-4252 BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 86 Who Knew?

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