The Johnston YMCA pool and other fitness areas have reopened following a $1 million renovation to the 57-year-old NoDa facility.
Many rooms, including the lobby and main-floor fitness center, were upgraded with new floors and paint, and there is now a members' lounge and free Wi-Fi access.
The pool area now has a sauna and steam room and family changing rooms. A new corridor connecting the gym and the pool makes the pool much more accessible.
Note to newbies: The Johnston doesn't have towel service. BYO towel.
Irish summer fest
The second annual Charlotte Irish Summer Festival moves to a new Uptown location this year, on Tryon between Fifth and Trade streets.
The free festival, held from noon through midnight on Saturday, Aug. 9, celebrates all things Irish.
There will be performances by the Rince na h'Eireann and Walsh Kelley schools of Irish dance and Irish comedian Rob Kieley and a raffle for tickets to “Celtic Crossroads” at the McGlohon Theatre. The entertainment lineup also includes The Wolfe Tones' Derek Warfield, U2 cover band Vertigo, Young Dubliners and Clan Darragh.
Donations will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Not so walkable
Walkscore.com ranked Charlotte No. 38 out of 40 cities in walkability. San Francisco topped the list, followed by New York and Boston.
The Queen City's most walkable neighborhoods, according to the site, are Third and Fourth wards, South End and Cherry.