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Park opens Saturday

The town will celebrate the opening of its 80-acre Mazeppa Road Park on Saturday with free soccer clinics, fitness demonstrations and an adult softball tournament hosted by the National Softball Association.

Mazeppa Road Park, at 645 Mazeppa Road, is the town's largest public park. It includes six lighted soccer fields, four lighted ballfields, a partially-shaded one-mile asphalt walking-nature trail, a playground with longer-lasting rubber surface and concession stands, restrooms and open-air shelters.

The park was made possible by a $25 million voter-approved bond issue for parks and recreation last decade.

The park was built for $7 million, well under the projected $13 million, Mooresville Recreation Director Wanda McKenzie has said.

Saturday's grand opening festivities will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at 10:30 a.m.

Special guests Safari Bob, McGruff, and Sparky will greet visitors, and children of all ages are invited to a "Touch a Truck" area.

Lake Norman Soccer Club will conduct the soccer clinics. AcroFitness and Zumba instructors will give the fitness demos. Food and refreshments will be sold.

Lakeshore track to be dedicated

Lakeshore Elementary School's student body, teachers and parents will dedicate the school's new asphalt running track on Wednesday in memory of parent volunteer Kim Suitt, who died of cancer in November.

Suitt and her husband, Joe, have three children in the Iredell-Statesville Schools. Their youngest, Lannah, is in third grade at Lakeshore Elementary.

The school's PTO has raised nearly $175,000 to promote "Healthy Minds and Bodies" at the school, and building the track was the final stage of the organization's playground improvements initiative, said Vickie Sawyer, PTO treasurer and member of the PTO board since 2007.

"Kim was so involved with her kids and supported everything around them in sickness and in health," Sawyer said in announcing the dedication. "Parents like her set an example of how we can choose to positively impact our children and the community surrounding them."

Pete Denicola, owner of Peconic Bay Homes donated his time supervising the track's construction.

The track is 530 feet long and 8 feet wide and has three running lanes. "The track is not only a running track, but we installed two pathways from the track that now link the gymnasium to the classrooms," Denicola said.

The improvements also provide easy access for children in wheelchairs to both the playground and bus lot. They no longer have to trudge through dirt and mud, he said.

The ceremony will be at 9 a.m.

Huntersville disc golf course opens

The town's Bradford Park Disc Golf Course opened recently at 17005 Davidson-Concord Road.

Disc Golf Hall of Fame member Stan McDaniel of Charlotte designed the 18-hole course.

McDaniel led numerous Charlotte Disc Golf Club members and other volunteers in developing the course, which will be among 14 courses used for the 2012 Professional and Amateur World Championships. McDaniel won the Professional Disc Golf Association's World Champion Masters title in 1994, 1996 and 1997.

He has designed and helped build numerous other disc golf courses over the years, including the courses at Charlotte's Hornets Nest and Renaissance parks.

Volunteers logged 1,500 hours building the Bradford Park course, which is open 7 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year.

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