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Welcome to the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association Website!!

Mara is located at 1200 South Trade St
In Matthews, NC 28105

@Arthur Goodman Park
We Are Not a Public Park
Mailing Address
PO Box 1023
Matthews, NC 28106


MARA Concession 704-847-0177
From 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
Only During Spring & Fall Seasons

Lost and Found Is Located near Main Concession in the Breezeway in front of the Restrooms

Mara is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization
All Donations Made to Mara areTax Deductible
 

We are a family oriented volunteer organization that provides a fun environment, quality facilities, expert instruction, and the highest level of coaching to ensure every child has an enjoyable learning experience with the opportunity to reach their full potential.   We realize that the success of any organization requires various leaders at all levels. We certainly could not operate or be successful without the endless commitment of all administrators, coaches, volunteers, and you, the valued members of the organization.

We hope this website will provide useful and valuable info for all MARA sports. We provide current key contacts, schedules and tournaments for the upcoming or current seasons. Please be sure to visit regularly to get the latest updates.  Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association is an equal opportunity organization.

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Mara - Arthur Goodman Park Winter Hours
12/02/2016
MARA -Arthur Goodman Park Winter Hours Attention MARA Members, Effective...
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
11/02/2016
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR   MARA is pleased to announce...
Congratulations Mara Cobras Baseball Team
10/31/2016
It was an exciting weekend for our 9U Cobras travel team and for...
Grand Slam 2016-17 Training Programs
10/05/2016
Grand Slam USA's 2016-17 Training Programs Are Here...
Parking Lot Update Please Read
09/21/2016
MARA Members-   As most of you are aware, we are nearing...
Handicapped Parking At Mara
09/19/2016
Handicapped Parking at MARA Please be respectful of the Handicapped...
Eat Out and Do Good
04/22/2016
Every Monday night Queen City Q-Matthews will donate...
Parking And Trade Street Widening Update
03/09/2016
  Parking and Construction Info   Trade Street...
Park Rules
03/07/2016
NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park NO    ...
Map Of Mara Fields
04/08/2014
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ
09/01/2013
MARA Members,   Due to a large number of occurrences of other...
Chesney Glen Parking Issue
09/01/2013
MARA Members: I hope everyone is enjoying the season! Thank...
Vehicle Parking On Sidewalk
09/01/2013
Mara Members: We received an email from Chief Rob Hunter of...
What Your Mara Fees Cover
06/24/2013
What does my registration fee include?  Regular season games,...
Park Security Information
03/12/2013
Dear MARA Families,   In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews...
Lost and Found 704-847-0177
03/06/2012
Lost and Found is Located in the breezeway in front of the restrooms...
Lightning Warning System
09/05/2008
WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM Safety of the players, spectators,...
 
Mara - Arthur Goodman Park Winter Hours

MARA -Arthur Goodman Park Winter Hours

Attention MARA Members,

Effective December 3, 2016, Winter Park Hours for Arthur Goodman Park, home of MARA, will go into effect.

The park will be closed 6pm to 9am from December 3, 2016 through January 31, 2017.

The exception will be Wednesday evenings, when the park will remain open until 8:30pm for Rugby practice.

The gates will be locked during these hours.

Please keep these hours in mind when making plans to visit and leave the park. 

Thank you,

MARA Park Manager


by posted 12/02/2016
NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

NEW MARA SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

 

MARA is pleased to announce Monique Brooks as our new sponsorship Director.

You may recognize the Brooks’ name. They are very active MARA members participating in baseball, football, Steve is our Babe Ruth Commissioner and a baseball coach. Monique brings a wealth of advertising knowledge and networking skills to our organization.

If you are a potential sponsor or know of someone or a business who may be a good fit to sponsor MARA please reach out to Monique, 980-297-1308 or .

Either way please congratulate Monique on her new endeavor.


by posted 11/02/2016
Congratulations Mara Cobras Baseball Team

It was an exciting weekend for our 9U Cobras travel team and for our organization. In dramatic fashion the MARA Cobras 9U team won the Fall Super NIT Beast of the East Tournament and earned a free berth to the Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series at Disney in July of 2017. They will have the opportunity to represent MARA and compete against the best travel teams in the country. 

 


by Mara Baseball posted 10/31/2016
Grand Slam 2016-17 Training Programs
Grand Slam USA's 2016-17 Training Programs Are Here & Registration Has Already Started!
The 2016-17 Fall/Winter Lineup is here, and registration has already started!  Baseball & FastPitch classes begin in October & run through February every 4 weeks.  Check out our website for the class schedules & pricing @ www.grandslamusa.org to register.  Class size is limited.  Grand Slam USA is the #1 Teaching Facility in Charlotte! 
 
Rookie Development
Youth Hitting
Catchers Specialty
Pitching
FastPitch Hitting
FastPitch Pitching
Holiday Camps
 
www.grandslamusa.org
 
Charlotte's largest selection of equipment in one shop!  Individual Instruction, Classes, Clinics & Holiday Camps.
  704-847-5333 - GRAND SLAM USA - 704-847-5333
 

by Mara Baseball posted 10/05/2016
Parking Lot Update Please Read
MARA Members-
 
As most of you are aware, we are nearing the end of the multi-year road construction project that has impacted our main parking lot for the past several seasons.  We appreciate your patience during this time.
 
Following are some updates and reminders regarding parking at Arthur Goodman Park, home of MARA:
 
Main Lot Gate
During the construction period, we did not have a gate on the main parking lot, and the lot was left open all hours.  The gate has now been re-installed and we will once again be locking the main parking lot during non-park hours.
 
Beginning Monday, September 26th, we will begin operating normal park hours of 7am-10pm. 
The gate will be locked at 10pm every night and will not open until 7am the next morning.  
What this means:
- please be sure to have all vehicles out of the main parking lot before 10pm.
- please plan to end practices or games before 10pm.
 
Parking Spaces
We will be re-lining the lots, including the lower lot, within the next few weeks which will help improve the parking flow.  
Please be sure to park in lined spaces only.  DO NOT park in X'd out spaces, in front of Emergency Exit gates, or in Disabled Person spaces.
We have had some cars parked in front of Emergency Exits spaces and in Disabled Person spaces that should not be parked in those spaces.  Parking in front of an emergency exit could result in an ambulance not being able to get onto a field with an injured child.  Parking in a designated and marked disabled space is an offense punishable by the State of NC. 
 
Speed Limit
As a reminder, the speed limit in the parking lots is 5MPH!  We will be adding speed bumps to help with this reminder.  We have also installed new speed limit signs.
 
Other Parking Reminders
We are awaiting the Town of Matthews to install signage for the new street pattern.  Until then, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines:
- For the upper lot (field 12/13/1), please use the drive closest to Fullwood Lane as an ENTRANCE ONLY, and the drive closest to our main parking lot as an EXIT ONLY.  This will help with parking and traffic flow in the lot.  We will be posting temporary signs as a reminder.
- Please DO NOT PARK on the one way exit from the neighborhood below our main parking lot.  Police will have your car towed if you park there.  We have posted temporary no parking signs as a reminder.  The Township will be posting permanent signs in the upcoming weeks.
 
As always, we appreciate your participation in MARA sports, and your willingness to help make our park a clean and safe atmosphere for all of our children and families.
 
Thank you,
 
Dave Ulrich
MARA President-Elect
704-526-9963

by posted 09/21/2016
Handicapped Parking At Mara
Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.
Lightning
 

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016
Eat Out and Do Good

Every Monday night Queen City Q-Matthews will donate 10% of sales from MARA families.  Nobody wants to cook on a Monday so this is the perfect way to treat yourselves and support MARA too.  Wear some MARA gear or just tell them you’re with us.  Donation will be valid on your entire check for dine-in and carry-out.

 

Queen City Q-Matthews makes award-winning BBQ, and smokes all their meats daily in house. All sides are made from scratch and they have a great kids menu too.  The Q also has a fantastic full bar with excellent daily drink specials, daily lunch specials and full catering services.

 

We look forward to seeing you at The Q!

 

Queen City Q-Matthews

3016 Weddington Rd.

Plantation Market Shopping Center

www.QueenCityQ.com

704.334-8437 ex. 2


by posted 04/22/2016
Parking And Trade Street Widening Update

 

Parking and Construction Info

 

Trade Street Widening

We have another season of road construction in front of the park.  For the next 6 to 8 weeks Sealand Contracting will have traffic diverted to the lanes farthest MARA and the lane closest closed while they work on utilities, sidewalks and paving.  The entrance to the upper parking lot by fields 1, 12 and 13 will be temporarily relocated several times during this time frame as the contractors work in that area.  Please drive carefully and pay attention to the changing entrances and traffic patterns.  Unfortunately the ongoing construction will continue have an impact on our amount of parking and traffic in and around the park.  We’ve tried hard to limit the impact by spacing games/practices throughout the week/weekend and staggering start times as well as laying out and striping the lot.  Please carpool whenever possible and try to limit the number vehicles parked at MARA to one per family.  We appreciate your patience as we try to make the best of a difficult situation.

 

Speed Limit

Please remember that the speed limit in the parking lot is restricted to 5 mph. The limit is purposely low due to the high number of little children we have at the park who might unintentionally dash out between parked cars in their enthusiasm to get to the fields.

 

If you see someone who is exceeding the safe speed limit, please politely remind them that the limit is 5 mphs and that is to help ensure the safety of our kids.

 

Parking

We would like to remind our membership to be mindful of how and where you park. We understand that parking can be problematic at times but we need our members to ensure the cars around your car are able to exit easily.

 

So please remember the following –

  • If you have a problem or someone else has a problem being boxed in, please report your issue to the staff at the main concession stand. They will contact a MARA administrator who will help to find the offending owner or will call Williams Wrecker as a final option.

 

  • If you observe someone parking in a manner that is inappropriate, please be comfortable pointing it out to them politely.

 

  • Please be considerate of the handicap parking spaces and do not park there unless you have the proper tags; MARA administrators may contact Williams Wrecker to remove vehicles that are not properly tagged as handicap.  We have several members and family members that require access to these spaces.

 

  • Most importantly, we need everyone’s help ensuring the access to the gates by the football, softball and baseball fields. The football gate is on the side of the parking lot nearest the dumpsters.

 

  • These gates allow emergency vehicles to access the fields and cannot be blocked.

 

We thank you all again for your cooperation and support and will provide updates as necessary.

 

Thank you,

 

MARA Board of Directors


by posted 03/09/2016
Park Rules

NO     Dogs Allowed In the Park

NO     Inappropriate  Use OF Language

NO     Handguns Or Weapons Of Any Kind

NO     Drugs Allowed In the Park

NO     Alcoholic Beverages

NO     Tobacco Use Of Any Kind (cigarettes, vaporizers, chewing tobacco, etc.)

NO     Bicycles

NO     Motorized Bikes, Go Carts, ATV'S OR Scooters

NO     Skateboards, Hoverboards, Roller blades, or Roller Skates

NO     RC/ Airplanes, Model Rockets  

NO     Fireworks

NO     Kicking or Batting Balls Into Fences

NO     Climbing Fences Or Trees

NO     Climbing On Buildings Or Roofs

NO     Parking on Sidewalks (Matthews Police will ticket

           YOU!)

 

Handicapped Parking at MARA
Please be respectful of the Handicapped parking spaces. If you do not have a placard that allows you to park there, you will risk a fine and having your car towed.

 

Mara Is A Privately Owned And Operated Complex. It Is Not A Public Park. Use of Fields Are For Association Members Only.  Unauthorized Use Of This Property Will Be Viewed As Trespassing.  Violators Will Be Prosecuted For Any Of The Above.     

 


by posted 03/07/2016
Map Of Mara Fields


by posted 04/08/2014
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ

MARA Members,
 
Due to a large number of occurrences of other members’ cars being boxed in, we are being forced to contract with Williams Wrecker towing company in order to tow any car that has boxed in another member’s car.
 
We understand that parking can be problematic at times but the instances we’ve seen in the last few weeks seem to be more around lack of awareness and not taking a few minutes to ensure the cars around you have a way of exiting their spots. Just this past weekend we had a situation that could have turned into a medical emergency as a result of a member’s elderly grandparent being stuck out in the sun and not able to leave for more than 90 minutes due to being boxed in.
 
During the week of April 29
th we will begin posting signs around the parking lots to ensure there is awareness of this need. Once all the signs are in, we will begin towing the situation arises. If your car is towed, you will need to contact Williams Wrecker (704) at 847-9309 to retrieve your vehicle from their facility on Industrial Drive in Matthews. There will be a fee of at least $120.
 
We apologize for having to take this action but out of consideration towards our membership, we feel this is the right action to take. Please use this weekend to start looking around after you park to ensure the cars around you are able to exit.
 
Regards,

The MARA Board


by posted 09/01/2013
Chesney Glen Parking Issue

MARA Members:

I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding our crowded parking lot during the busy fall season. We are hoping to have 40 additional parking spaces on the MARA complex in early 2014 or sooner.

The Mathews Police Department has notified us that anyone parking in the Chesney Glen Subdivision must do so in a fashion that does not impede traffic or visibility into and out of the neighborhood. In addition, anyone parking in front of a residence must stay on the road and not in a yard without blocking access into a driveway.

Any improper parking issue within the Chesney Glen Subdivision can result in a citation and/or towing of a vehicle(s).  


 


by posted 09/01/2013
Vehicle Parking On Sidewalk
Mara Members:

We received an email from Chief Rob Hunter of the Matthews Police Department asking me to communicate to parents & coaches that when parking in the front parking lot (closest to South Trade Street), vehicles 
SHOULD NOT PARK on the Sidewalk.  There are many citizens who use that sidewalk, including parents pushing strollers, and over the past few weeks, he has observed several vehicles either pulling (straight in parking) to far on to the sidewalk and some (parking parallel) parking half on the side walk and half on the gravel.

He knows it is Mara's desire to be 'good neighbors', and he does not want to have to issue $50 parking fines, but his officers will have to to this if violations continue.

Kathy Duncan
Mara Administrative Assistant




 
by posted 09/01/2013
What Your Mara Fees Cover
What does my registration fee include?
  •  Regular season games, plus post-season games
  • Team practices and use of MARA facilities 
  • Uniforms
  • Umpires
  • Insurance (thru MARA) for your child
  • Field Maintenance
  • Electricity for the field lights
  • Team equipment
  • MARA Membership
  • Miscellaneous – MARA is an approximately 25-acre park maintained fully by your membership dollars and donations; MARA is not funded by any municipality; every dollar goes towards the park. Financial statements are available upon request.

by posted 06/24/2013
Park Security Information
Dear MARA Families,
 
In an ongoing effort to make the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association the finest youth sports organization in the area, we are making several improvements and additions to our park security. These features will protect the organizations assets as well as providing an extra level of safety to you and your children.
First and foremost, many of you may have already noticed the security gates at the park entrance at the stoplight. These gates are currently locked open to allow everyone time to adjust to seeing them. We will begin utilizing these gates on a daily basis on Friday, October 21, 2011. The Board of Directors has adopted Park Hours that will be enforced. The new park hours are as follows:

            Monday – Friday: Park opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm
            Saturday: Park opens at 7:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm
            Sunday: Park opens at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm
There will be numerous signs posted around the park grounds stating the new hours as well as being posted on the MARA website.
During the Winter months (Mid-November through Mid-February) the gates will remain closed on most days as our primary field sports, baseball, softball and football; are off season. During summer months, the weekday hours will adjust to an 8:00 am opening to allow for All Star team practices and to accommodate the numerous summer camps held at MARA.
The upper parking lot will not be gated and will be open year round for MARA members to park and utilize the park grounds during operating hours when the main gates are locked during the Winter.
Our second measure of security is the installation of video surveillance cameras for the park grounds and property. We have a number of cameras that are being installed and will record 24 hours a day to provide video evidence for vandalism, theft and other crimes.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful organization and supporting the new security enhancements to the park!
 
by posted 03/12/2013
Lost and Found 704-847-0177

Lost and Found is Located in the breezeway in front of the restrooms near the Main Concessions. Check There Before You Call. They are open from 6:00PM to 8:30pm During the Week and from 9AM to 3pm on Saturday During the Spring and Fall Season. 704-847-0177


by webmaster posted 03/06/2012
Lightning Warning System


WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM

Safety of the players, spectators, and officials is our main concern at MARA
 
 
No weather event is more dangerous than lightning. Because of this
threat, we have installed the Thorguard Lightning Prediction System.
This system can provide advance warning of a lightning hazard, allowing
you the time to seek shelter. The system continually monitors and
evaluates the electrostatic atmosphere and predicts the probability
of a lightning hazard in the immediatearea of our facility.
 
You will be alerted by one loud horn blast that will last 15 seconds.
Upon hearing the horns, everyone should seek shelter immediately.
When this occurs, strobe lights located on the top of the horns
will activate and remain active while under a weather alert.
Every attempt should be made to seek shelter in a safe environment like a permanent building or car. The Thorguard system will determine when conditions are safe to return. Three 5-second blasts will indicate that all is clear and the strobe lights will cease operation.
  
ALWAYS AVOID THE FOLLOWING:   
Athletic Fields & Bleachers
Open Areas
Field Lighting Poles
Isolated Trees
High Elevation
 
Questions regarding Weather and Field Conditions contact
Mara Weather Line: 704-845-6337 or your Commissioners.

 

by posted 09/05/2008
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