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Fall is often associated with turning over a new leaf. It marks the end of the summer, begins a new school year, and includes quite a few holidays. It's unofficially the time of the year that many people recognize as the "last chance" to get things right before the New Year. Now is a great time to fall into a fitness routine. Why wait until the New Year to begin? Get started now. 

Pineville Parks and Recreation offers citizens endless opportunities to achieve your fitness and wellness goals at our indoor/outdoor walking tracks, playgrounds, gym, racquetball court, fitness classes, athletic fields, and more. For more information on our health and fitness opportunities check out our website:    or call 704-889-2400.

PPR Health Tip: 

Record your daily exercise, plus what and how much you eat. Some researchers have found that just the act of recording will result in better choices and a healthier diet. By writing everything down, you also may start to notice patterns. For example, you may observe that the days you don't exercise are also the days you eat poorly. You can then take appropriate action. 

PPR has provided a Food and Exercise log you can print from our website. CLICK HERE! 


Attention Pineville Residents:  If you live within the city limits of Pineville and pay your taxes to Pineville, then you may use the Belle Johnston Community Center for FREE (fitness equipment, track, basketball court, and racquetball court).  But first you need to get your resident card made.  We will need proof of residency in the form of a photo ID with current address and a recent bill (ex. gas, electric, telephone.)

Fitness Equipment & Indoor Walking Track 


MWF 6:00am – 9:45pm, Tues & Thurs 8:00am - 9:45pm, Sat. 8:00am-5:45pm, Sun. 1:00pm-5:45 pm

Open GymResidents may bring guests during open gym hours (check website or call community center).  The fee is $5.00 per guest.  Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and will be disciplined according to previously established park guidelines.


CARDIO Funk with Lem Houston!

Where: Belle Johnston Community Center Gym

When: Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $5 drop - in

When in Doubt, Shake it out!!!

Cardio Funk is a high energy Hip Hop dance fitness class that is mixed with a lot of Funk. What’s better than getting fit and having a great time? Cardio Funk will bring out the dancer in you with its easy to learn dance moves. Within minutes of dancing, you will feel yourself laughing and having tons of fun. This class is a great way to move your body in ways you have never done before. It’s more than a workout; it’s an experience of a lifetime. Cardio Funk is a cardiovascular fitness class that also tones and firms your muscles. It will target areas such as the lower body, upper body, and core. You will have such a great time dancing that you will not realize you are working out.  With this class, you will get easy to learn choreographed dances, a combination of fun music, and an enjoyable atmosphere. No dancing experience is required. My favorite slogan is “When in doubt, shake it out. If you don’t get it, make it up”. So if you love to dance and have fun, come join us for a Funky Good Time!

Silver Sneakers

CLASSES TAKE PLACE AT THE HUT – 413 Johnston Drive, Pineville

Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit members are free, non-members can pay $5/class. 

Contact Lorraine Haynes at 678-575-0152





9:15 – Balance/Strength

9:30 - Strength/Balance

9:15 – Balance/Strength

9:30 - Strength/Balance

10:10 - Stretch

10:20 - Cardio

10:10 - Stretch

10:20 - Cardio

11:00 - Zumba Gold

11:10 - Stretch

11:00 - Zumba Gold



    Yoga at the Hut

Monday – Instructor:  Linda LaSalle

5:00pm - 5:25pm – Strength & Tone
This 25 minute exercise class will vary from doing sets, circuits, and/or endurance type exercises using dumbbells, bands, balls, and/or your own body weight.  Bring a set of dumbbells or borrow a set of ours and join us for some fun while sculpting and maintaining your muscle.

5:30pm - 6:30pm – Integrated Hatha Yoga –Ideal for the beginner- to -the intermediate student.  It will incorporate some Tai Chi along with some Restorative and Fit moves.  Bring your mat or use one of ours and join us for Sun or Moon Salutation.

Thursday – Instructor:  Dr. Rachel Thiel

5:00pm - 5:25pm – Strength & Tone
This 25 minute class is structured to activate key muscle groups and stabilize joints for injury prevention. ...

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Swastha Yoga

Each yoga class is designed to balance body & mind. An ideal space for those curious about yoga and anyone interested in balance and flexibility. The instructor will guide you to meet your body where it is without forcing poses beyond your flexibility.

Cost:  $5 drop in fee

Location: The Hut, 413 Johnston Drive

For more info please contact Linda LaSalle at


Ashtanga YOGA Class to control

 Mind  Body  Soul

Come experience the power of yoga through asanas, breathing and meditation from RYT 200 hr certified Yoga instructor with over a decade of experience in practice and teaching.

“Yoga is the journey, Of the self, Through the self, and To the self"  - The Bhagavad Gita

Place: Lake Park (stage)

1000 Johnston drive, Pineville

Day and Time: Every Sunday (7am-8am)

Price: $5 drop in

Contact: Lakshmi Kumar (704) 307 - 3133 and



Youth Classes and Activities

Open Gym

 For Ages:  5 years old and under

 Meet new friends and join the fun at the Belle Johnston Community Center Gym. 

 We will provide plenty of things to play with and climb on, in, around and over.

 Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm

 Come play with us, it’s free! This is a parent supervised activity.


Champions In Motion (980-237-4738) or

Location: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive)     

Registration & First Class:  Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 - Registration is 15 minutes before class time. Registration still open.
Class Times:              Class: 5:30-6:15pm   new students

                              Class: 6:15-7:00pm   returning yellow and green belts

                        Class: 7:00-7:30pm   specialty class

                                    Class: 7:30-8:15pm   blue belts and up
Class Dates:  September 12th – January 30th
Class Duration: 18 weeks (cancellations: Nov. 21 and Dec. 26)

Cost:  $10 Registration Fee and $7 per class (paid weekly)


Location: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive)

Registration & First Class: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 - Registration is 15 minutes before class time.
Class Times:              Class: 6:00-6:45 pm        ages 4-6

                       Class: 6:45-7:30 pm        ages 7-9

                        Class: 7:30-8:15 pm       ages 10-12

                        Class 8:15-9:00 pm        ages 13 & up

Class Dates: September 13th – January 21st
Class Duration:  18 weeks (cancellations: Nov. 21 and Dec. 26)                                                                                                            Cost: $10 Registration Fee and $7 per class (paid weekly)



We will have a FREE/Make-up class on Thursday August 30th for anyone interested in learning fencing.  For more information, please contact Marcus at (704) 207-4321 or visit:

Mid-South Fencers Charlotte Metro teaches Olympic –style fencing in a fun, exciting, and supportive atmosphere specialized in saber. Equiptment is included in the class cost. Open fencing will be included afterwards. Classes will be held in the Belle Johnston Community Center Gym.

Dates:  Thursdays –  Sept. 6th – Nov. 1st  (no class on Oct. 18th)

Time:  6:15pm – 7:45pm

Ages:  7 - Adult

Cost:  8 weeks - $160.00/ $50.00 discount for a second family member or spouse

Pineville Residents get a 10% discount (with proof of residency)

Classes are taught and led by Mark Lattimore and Marcus Crow.  Mark Lattimore grew up in Charlotte and was a NCAA runner–up and two-time All American saber fencer at UNC Chapel Hill. Marcus Crow was a four year varsity fencer at UNC Chapel Hill and a two-time NCAA Championship participant. Both instructors are former assistant coaches with the UNC varsity fencing team. 



Do you have a special interest that you would like to share with others in a class?

Do you know someone who can share an interesting subject or craft?

Contact Heather Creech our Recreation Program Coordinator at 704-889-2400.


Heartfulness Meditation

This 4-part series will teach you all the fundamentals of meditation beginning with discussing how to regulate and quiet the mind.  Two easy meditations will be taught and the first is to practice in the morning to begin your day in a steady manner and the second is called a “cleaning meditation” whereby we learn to remove impressions we accumulate throughout the day.  Each week we will learn a different aspect of meditation followed by a brief guided relaxation and then a fifteen-minute silent meditation.

Heartfulness meditation is a practice, not a religion, and therefore practicing and sitting still for a few minutes daily can have obvious benefits to our overall mental, emotional and even our physical health.  Research studies will be shared that establish the benefits of meditation.

4 Part Series – Sept. 26th, Oct. 3rd, 10th, & 17th (6:30pm – 7:30pm)

This is a Free program for ages 15 & up

Classes will be held at the Belle Johnston Community Center (in the Dining Room)



Pineville Parks and Recreation is offering FREE Open Gym Pickleball!!!

Mondays:  9:00am – 12:00pm and 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Fridays:  9:00am – 12:00pm

NEW TIME: WEDNESDAY’S:  12:30pm – 2:30pm

Ages 12 and Up! BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME!!! Instruction is available.

Equipment is provided but you may bring your own as well!!

Sign up to play at this website. Walk-ups are welcome too!!


Youth for Change - Determined Divas/Goodfellas 

 Sept. 21st and Oct. 5th

We are equipping today's Youth with the necessary tools to navigate the diverse challenges they face daily. Urban Youth are in crisis, we can no longer afford to treat non-traditional issues with traditional solutions. 

The program serves youth ages 11-16. During this program the youth play basketball and participate in life skill activities and are always treated to a hearty meal.

The program meets 2 times per month at the Belle Johnston Community Center on select Fridays from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. 

Program Wish list: Life Navigators- Adults who have overcome obstacles in their own life and are willing to share their story and time 2 times per month for a total of 6 hours per month.

Donations Needed

This group runs on sponsors and donations.  We feed the group each time they meet, so anything would help. If you would like to donate to this organization, please contact Beverly Jackson at 980-430-0750,  or make a donation at the community center.  Thanks so much!

$13,000 is needed for a trip to the Smithsonian African American Museum in DC July 8th - 10th.

Contact Beverly J. Jackson for more info or to help: 980-430-0750


Discover the Arts through 

Pineville Parks and Recreation

Pineville Players next exciting production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Adapted and directed by Eva Montes.

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2018

Location: The Hut: 413 Johnston Dr. Pineville, NC 28134

Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00am & 7:30pm. 
Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30pm & 5:00pm
Friday September 21st at 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 per ticket / Groups of 12+ with advance purchase $13 per ticket

You can purchase tickets through the Belle Johnston Community Center by calling 704-889-2400 (Mon. – Fri.  8:30am – 4:30pm) or purchase online at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Stage manager, backstage crew, marketers, and carpenter/construction crew to help build a platform, and all talents you may have!

For more info please visit our website at and/or like us on Facebook at Pineville Players.

DONATIONS for desperately needed stage equipment can be made through our website at and/or through Go Fund Me at:


Home School Clay Classes

Home Schoolers age 7+ invited to join us to hand-build, use a potter’s wheel

& glazes to make seasonal clay projects!

Cost:  $80 for each 4 week session 10% sibling discounts.

 All classes on Tuesday’s 10:00am-11:30am

Session 2:  Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30

Session 3:  Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27

Session 4:  Dec. 4, 11, 18 ($60.00)

Register: Questions @

Kids are invited to Pineville Parks and Recreation for FREE

 Themed Clay Workshops!

Wet Clay Creations fired in the kiln at the Belle Johnston Community Center!

These events are limited to the first 20 students (1st - 5th grade), per FREE workshop!

We supply everything needed but you have to register to attend - no walk ups are

accepted due to space restrictions! Please choose only one date per child/children.


For more info please call 704-618-2222 or email at

Dates & Times:

Session 1:  Friday, Sept. 28 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)


Adult Painting Classes 

Masterpieces by You – Paint your own masterpiece with instructor Sharon Csiszer.

All classes will be held in the craft room.  The maximum number of participants will be 10 for each class.

Cost: $10.00 resident of Pineville/ $15.00 non-resident

Please stop by the community center to pay and register for this class. 704-889-2400

October 16th (1:00pm - 3:30pm)

Please register by October 9th


Abrakadoodle®, the popular art education program, is offering classes at the Belle Johnston Community Center!  Kids explore, create and learn in action-packed classes filled with color, texture, shape and fun.  Our classes are carefully crafted to promote creativity and imaginative thinking.  In Abrakadoodle, children learn about and through art…all while having a blast! Abrakadoodle provides a safe environment for children to learn to express themselves through Art, while building their confidence in learning new things and developing their socialization skills. Want a Creative Thinker? Join Abrakadoodle Classes, where children will develop their social skills, gross/fine motor skills, public speaking and collaboration skills all while creating works of Art and Having Fun! 

Plug Into your Imagination! And explore new mediums such as video game art, rice painting, and newspaper watercolor! Without leaving the country our imagination will plug us to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and India. We will visit a lollipop garden; we will play on a watercolor piano; we will celebrate the Festival of Lights and more.

Doodlers (1st – 5th grade) 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Session 2 –Mondays, Oct. 8th – Oct. 29th (4 weeks)

Class fee:  $40 per session (Residents will receive a 10% discount on class fee)

Materials Fee:  $10 per session

For more information contact: Michelle de Beus at 704.684.4799 or


Come Sail with Us - RC Sailboats on Pineville Lake

You are invited to come and sail a 1 meter Seawind or Dragonflite 95 radio controlled sailboat on Pineville Lake - Sundays, Wednesdays or Saturday mornings from 10 to noon. On Saturdays, we race Seawinds competitively from 10 to noon. We are now developing a Dragonflite 95 class as well. If you have a boat of any class, come by, have a little fun and meet some new friends. If you just want to see if you'll like the hobby, the Queen City Model Yacht Club has both boats and instructors available to introduce you to a relaxing and fun hobby. If you like it and want to buy a boat, we will be glad to give you the benefit of our experience along with tips on rigging and sailing. If you just want to sail and not compete, you can do that too.

The photos show two Dragonflite 95s, sail numbers 97 and 53. Also shown is a Seawind sail number 67. If you want to just stop by and talk it over, contact Brendan Sullivan (Sully) race director at 1-(914) 715- 4296.

Jack Cover, Commodore; Chuck Menninger, XO; Brendan (Sully) Sullivan, Race Director




Date:  Saturday September 29th

Time:  7:00am – 12:00pm (set up at 6:00am)

Cost:  $10.00 (limit one table per family)

Location:  Under the Large Shelter at Lake Park

Spring cleaning your house?  Need extra $$$?  Bring your yard sale items to our annual Spring Yard Sale!  We take care of the advertising, signage, and we’ll even have a charitable organization pick up your unsold items.  Limited tables available.  Come by the community center to pay and reserve your table! 

Halloween Bash in the Park

Friday Night October 26th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost:  Wristbands $5.00 (Cash Only!)

There will also be food and snacks available for sale! 


·        Hayride

·        Costume Contest – Awards for First, Second, & Third place

in each age group – (0-3) (4-7) & (8-12)

·        Games

·        Inflatable bounce house and slide

·        Cupcake walk