Flying a Kite in Mecklenburg County Parks
When the weather’s right, there’s nothing quite like flying a kite! Kite flying is a simple, fun, and inexpensive activity that most anyone at any age can do. All you need is a kite, the right wind, and some wide open space. And as luck would have it, there are acres and acres of spaces in your Mecklenburg County parks that are perfect for flying a kite.
Here are some of our favorite places for kite flying:
Madison Central Park
This small community park next to Pinewood Elementary school has a wide open area that’s also home to a short, 9-hole disc golf course. A perfect place for a low-flying beginner kite.
Location: 805 Seneca Place, Charlotte, NC 28210
Rama Road Park
Tucked behind Rama Road Elementary School, this 14 acre park has a ball field we love for launching a kite!
Location: 1035 Rama Road, Charlotte, NC
James Boyce Park
Two multi-purpose fields here make for enough big space to get a kite off the ground. And there’s a playground and swings, in case the little ones get bored with the kite.
Location: 300 Boyce Road, Charotte, NC 28211
Kilborne District Park
The softball field and multi purpose field provide plenty of room for kite flying here. Plenty of parking adjacent to the fields, too!
Location: 2600 Kilborne Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
Kite flying how-to:
Safety first: Always choose a wide open space, away from power lines, roads, trees, light and utility poles, or other hazards. And never fly your kite in a storm, despite Benjamin Franklin’s experiment.
Choose the right kite: Delta, diamond, or triangular-shaped kites fly best in lower to medium wind speeds, and are easy to put together.
Back to the wind: Hold your kite up by the bridle point and let the line out. If there’s enough wind, your kite should go right up. Let the kite fly away from you a little, then pull in on the line as the kite points up so it will climb. Repeat this until your kite gains the altitude necessary to find a good steady wind.
Fly with a friend: Have your partner take the kite downwind and hold it, with the kite facing into the wind. When you give the signal, have your partner release the kite as you pull the line downward, releasing more line as the kite gains altitude.
Flying Solo? No problem! Prop the kite up against a bush, wall, or prop it up with a stick. Reel out enough line for altitude and pull the kite upward. This takes a bit of practice and the right conditions to get it right.
Troubleshooting: If your kite sinks tail first, there may not be enough wind for it to fly. If it comes down head first or spins on the way down, it may be too windy for your kite. Ideal wind speeds are about 5-15 miles per hour. Use the kite bridle to adjust the line angle for wind speed, or add lightweight tail material to add stability in stronger winds.
Now that you know where to go and what to do, it’s easy to monitor wind speeds on practically every weather app installed on your phone. Get your kite packed up and you’ll be ready to fly whenever the weather allows.