Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Recreation ministry

strengthen mind body and spirit

Welcome to Covenant's Recreation Ministries. We nurture good spiritual and physical health through a ministry of wellness, fitness, and fun. In our Recreation Center, we offer programs to strengthen minds, bodies, and spirits, while using our facilities and events to reach out to our neighbors in Charlotte.

The reopening task force is now allowing modified use of the rec Wing. The Rec Wing will be open on a limited schedule with a facility capacity of 25 people. You can make a reservation for an individual workout or workout with a trainer. We are currently not open to any group fitness or basketball activities. New protocols have been established to help ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible for our members. 

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Current Hours

Monday-Thursday
 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. 12 noon

Gym Amenities

  • Full line of cardio (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bike, upright bike, spin bike, and rowing machine)
  • Full new line of resistance equipment (chest press/shoulder press, pec fly/rear delt, lat pulldown/low row, leg press, leg extension/leg curl, and multi-function dual cable machine)
  • Free weights (dumbbells up to 50lbs)
  • Fitness balls, BOSU’s, battle rope, bars, bands, jump ropes, etc.
  • Free Wi-Fi and Parking
  • Locker rooms and showers available

health Coaching Program 

Look and feel your best in the new year. The Rec Wing invites you to a 12-week coaching program led by our own Kevin Harper. You'll gain personal nutrition and exercise strategies to reach your wellness goals. Here's how it works:

  • You'll receive a heart rate monitor to track real-time data
  • Access to a mobile app for video-on-demand classes
  • Livestream workouts to improve your heart rate
  • Customized nutrition/meal plan
  • Begins Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • Accountability coaching with Kevin Harper, Rec Wing Director

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outdoor adventures

What to bring:
  • A mask to wear as we gather
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Snacks or a picnic lunch

Saturday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. – McDowell Nature Preserve
Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you” ~Frank Lloyd Wright 
Where to meet: 
McDowell Nature Preserve is located at 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278. Follow signs in the park for the Nature Center parking lot.
What to expect: 
McDowell Nature Preserve offers a number of beautiful loop trails over a variety of terrains. This gently undulating 2.5-mile hike will take us through the woods and along the banks of Lake Wylie across from Copperhead Island.

Day trip: Linville Falls -- Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10 a.m.;  Barbeque to follow at noon. 
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” ~John Muir
What to expect:
Gather mid-morning to take one of several hiking options, and then meet for barbeque and social time at Bob and Suzanne Henderson’s home.
Where to meet:
Wiseman’s View Trailhead parking lot. Directions will be provided upon registration.
 
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. -- Seven Oaks Preserve
What to Expect:
We’ll hike three miles of this flat, natural surface, out-and-back trail hugging the banks of Lake Wylie and winding through hardwood forests and wildflower fields. This hike offers plenty of shade and opportunities to spot wildlife.
Where to meet:
The Seven Oaks Preserve trailhead parking lot is located at 6900 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. -- Pharr Family Farm Trail
What to expect:
This 1.7-mile (one way) Carolina Thread Trail traverses 66 lush, green acres protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The single-track, packed-dirt, natural-surface trail is smooth with only gentle undulations and a few roots to navigate. It meanders through a rich forest ecosystem with an abundance of trees and wildlife.
Where to meet:
Pharr Family Preserve Trail is located near 9111 Mt. Pleasant Rd. South, Concord, NC, 28205. Follow a long gravel drive to the trailhead parking lot. The trail begins next to the map kiosk.
 
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. -- Forney Creek Conservation Area
What to expect:
This three-mile hike traverses a couple of boardwalks and winds its way to two ponds, each offering an overlook. The Forney Creek Trail through the Catawba Springs Preserve is also a segment of the Carolina Thread Trail.
Where to meet:
Sally’s YMCA is located at 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver, NC 28037. The trailhead access point is less than 0.2 mile past Sally’s Y on the right. It is marked by a map kiosk. Parking is available at Sally’s Y or on the street by the trailhead.
 
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. -- Buffalo Creek Nature Preserve
What to expect:

This 3.5-mile hike will follow an easy, natural surface trail covering an interesting mix of terrains, including a Piedmont Oak savannah, farmland and forest. We’ll enjoy a trip across a suspension bridge at the turnaround point.
Where to meet:
The Buffalo Creek Nature Preserve parking lot and trailhead are located at 7911 Malibu Rd, Mt Pleasant, N.C. 28124.

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