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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 Use of our Park is For Mara Members Only!!
Mailing Address
PO Box 1023

Matthews, NC 28106

Mara Phone Numbers

Main # 704-847-0752

Weather # 704-845-6337

Baseball # 704-845-6342

Softball # 704-845-6345

Football or Basketball 704-845-3674

Administration # 704-845-6334

Park Director 704-891-1781

Concessions # 704-847-0177

Concession Hours: 
Monday-Thursday 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am-6pm
*Hours are subject to change based on field usage or weather conditions*
(Friday and Sunday TBD by Scheduled Events and Tournaments)
Proudly serving Coke products and Domino's Pizza
Both Stands Now Accept Cash or Credit/Debit Cards AND ApplePay! ($3 Minimum)
Visa, Master Card & Discover

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

 You can call this number during Concession Hours to check for lost and found 704-847-0177

Mara is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization
All Donations Made to Mara are Tax 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. We work with families with financial difficulties to offer scholarships so all kids can participate.




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Notice Of Annual Meeting
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  Registration for Winter Tackle Rugby is NOW OPEN!  ...
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by posted 10/16/2019
Notice Of Annual Meeting

All MARA members,


You are invited to the MARA Annual Meeting at the Matthew’s Community Center on Tuesday November 19th at 7pm.  At this meeting we will review 2019 progress and preview 2020.  In addition, we will elect new members to the MARA Board of Directors.  Any current 2019 MARA member will be allowed to cast a ballot and vote.  If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a MARA Board Member or would like to run for the board, please email Kathy Duncan by October 31st at  Each candidate is required to meet with the current President or President-Elect prior to the annual meeting to discuss the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the board.  Each prospective candidate will need to understand the expectations and standards required of a MARA Board member.  Here is a preview of the key attributes we are looking for: 


  • Action oriented – we are a participative Board meaning we need people who are willing and capable of producing (programs, event support, donors, hands at the fields, etc.).  It’s not an oversight committee.  This is a group that has to take action and generate results.
  • Mara Minded – we need people who will put the agenda and the needs of the organization ahead of their own interests
  • Organized and inspirational – we need people who can inspire others to get involved and help us accomplish specific 2016 objectives.
  • Core values – we need people who can be true to our Core Value of making MARA the best Recreation Association possible.
  • Good Representatives - we need people who represent MARA and the Board of Directors in a positive light both at the park and outside the park.  Anyone elected to the board will have to pass a background check before assuming the role.

Any current 2019 MARA member in good standing can submit their name to be placed on the ballot.  The deadline for submitting your name for board consideration is October 31st.

MARA Annual Meeting
Matthew’s Community Center
November 19th at 7pm

Thank You


Anthony Andujar

MARA President 2019-20

by posted 10/14/2019
MARA Tackle Rugby Now Open (Winter Season)


Registration for Winter Tackle Rugby is NOW OPEN!   Please click the link below to register:


Select Matthews Mustangs/ Bears/ Sharks from the list of team options for MARA.

MARA rugby is a tackle sport and has teams for boys & girls in 2nd through 8th grades.

We run a Prep team (2nd-4th grade coed) a JV Middle School team (boys in 5th & 6th grades and girls in 5th-8th grades) and a Middle School Varsity team (boys in 7th & 8th grades).

The season runs from mid-November to the end of February.   MARA rugby practices for all ages/ divisions will be on Thursdays from 6-8pm this Winter season.  The first practice is November 14th.

Game days are on Saturdays and the Winter League is through CJRA – travel is minimal – all teams in the league are located in the greater Charlotte area – Cornelius to the north and Rock Hill to the south being the furthest teams away.

Rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the USA.  Our certified coaches teach safe, head-out-of-contact tackling as well as other the other skills kids will need to learn the game and have a great time.   New player are WELCOME – we specialize in getting new players ready to play and into games.   All players WILL get playing time.   In rugby – every player plays offense & defense, every player can carry/ pass/ receive/ kick the ball and is eligible to score.  

CJRA (Charlotte Junior Rugby Association) is the largest youth rugby organization in the Southeast.   Last year their top high school team placed 2nd in the nation and their middle school all-star team (including players from MARA) won the National Championships.   Thy have a long and proud history of teaching rugby to our kids and developing them to play very high level rugby – and it’s FUN!!!

Email:   if you have any questions.


by posted 10/11/2019
Basketball Registration Now Open

Registration for MARA Basketball Season is NOW OPEN To Register Click  HERE

MARA Basketball League is currently enrolling all youths, ages 5-14, for the 2019-20 basketball league. The registration period will end on November 8th or when divisions fill up.

Your registration can be completed online at http://www.marasports.org/
We are always looking for coaches.  MARA can partner with your company regarding volunteer hours if you company has a program.  If interested in coaching, please contact MARA Basketball Commissioner, Ed Winser - winser821@yahoo.com

2019-20 Divisions include (Age as of August 1st, 2019): 

Boys: A (7-8), B (9-10), C (11-12), D (13-15)

Co-ed Instructional AA (age 5-6)

Girls: A (7-8), B (9-10), C (11-13)

Changes this season:

All Girls Division will now be Saturday only with weeknight practices

MARA Boys A, Boys B, Boys C and Co-ed AA divisions will be MARA only Divisions.  No outside leagues. 

Boys D and all Girls Division will continue to partner with other organizations.


Projected 2019 - 20 Key Dates (Subject to change due to CMS availability and Fall Sports ending)

Sep 18th - Registration opens

Nov 8th - Online Registration closes at Midnight (except for Boys D and Girls C per Middle School player tryouts)

Nov 9-10  - Assessments for Boys A, Boys B, Boys C, Girls A, and Girls B

Nov 14th – Practices Begin

Nov 16th – Assessments for Girls C, Co-ed AA, and Boys D

Dec 7th - 8th - First weekend of games

Feb 1st - 2nd - Final weekend of regular season games

Feb 8-9 - First weekend of playoffs games

For more information about registration or league details, please contact MARA Basketball Commissioner:  Ed Winser – winser821@yahoo.com

by posted 10/11/2019
Tragic Loss For MARA Please Help

MARA Members:


Tragically, we recently lost a dear member of the MARA Family, Matt Fiss. He left behind a wife, Lauren, and three children, Ethan, Carter and Kathryn.  Matt spent many hours volunteering for our organization and helping in any way he could.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to help the family, you can do so by visiting this link  https://www.gofundme.com/f/MatthewFissMemorial or you can write to this address 3544 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28270.


by posted 10/08/2019
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by posted 09/29/2019
Map Of Mara Fields

by posted 09/27/2019
Vehicles Parking On Sidewalk (Reminder)

Mara Members:

 The Matthews Police Department has ask MARA 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, they have 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.

They know it is Mara's desire to be "good neighbors", and they do not want to have to issue $50 parking fines, but officers will have to to this if violations continue.

MARA Communications


by posted 09/14/2019
Just a Reminder Lightning 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.
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 09/01/2019
Park Rules

Mara Members:

Lately we are having  problem with families bringing their dogs to games and practices. Mara does not allow dogs in the Park. Please review our park rules before coming to the Park. This is for your safety and the safety of all members.


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 or access road that connects our park with the Courtney Neighborhood (Matthews Police will ticket YOU!


Please do not park in the Concession Managers spot she has to unload supplies and needs to park near concessions 

Park at you own risk Mara is not responsible for your  vehicle or you property.


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 03/23/2018
Cars Left in Parking Lot after 10PM

Dear MARA Families,

Please do not leave your car in the parking lot as we like to lock the gate at 10pm.  Your car could be subject to be locked in and you would not be able to get it until the following day. Thank you for your coorporation on this. 
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 September 1, 2017. 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 09/01/2017
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.

by Mara Board posted 09/19/2016

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.

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
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