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Did you know?
Did you know that Concord Regional Airport's air traffic control tower counted nearly 63,000 operations (takeoff and landings) in calendar year 2011? This figure is a four percent increase over 2010, and does not include takeoff and landings when the control tower is closed (between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.). Visit concordairportnc.com for more information about Concord Regional Airport.
 
Concord Regional Airport awarded $5.46 million in federal block grant funds
The NCDOT Division of Aviation announced on Wednesday that Concord Regional Airport has been awarded $5.46 million in federal block grant funds for a capital improvement project. The funds will be used to strengthen the existing taxiway and aircraft parking apron. As larger and heavier aircraft use the airport, the increased pavement strength will be needed to support the extra weight. Visit ncdot.gov for more information.
 
Catawba Lands Conservancy awards grant and closes on property in concord to advance the thread
Catawba Lands Conservancy awarded a grant to the City of Concord that will conserve local land for outdoor recreation and watershed protection, and advance the Carolina Thread Trail in Cabarrus County. The Carolina Thread Trail/Clean Water Management Trust Fund sub-grant allowed the City to acquire a 29-acre property along the Rocky River off of Weddington Road. The sub-grant allows conservation of this property that supports outdoor recreation and the environmental benefits of surface water quality and watershed protection. A new trail will be constructed that will extend the Carolina Thread Trail Rocky River Greenway underneath I-85. Construction on the trail is scheduled to begin in late 2013. Visit catawbalands.org for more information about this and other regional projects.
 
Ceremony planned for Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck solar project
The City of Concord’s Downtown Municipal Parking Deck on Cabarrus Avenue has a new look. Solar modules have been installed on the deck's top level, providing shade to 32 parking spaces. The $500,000 project, owned by a private investor, was funded through a North Carolina Main Street Energy II Grant. Power produced from the solar array will be sold back to the energy grid. The modules are expected to generate more than 80,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough energy to power four homes.
 
A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m., on the top level of the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, located at 30 Cabarrus Avenue West in Historic Downtown Concord. The public is invited to attend.
 
Urban Archery season set for January 14 – February 18
The City of Concord will participate in North Carolina’s Urban Archery season for the second time in 2012. Hunting and fishing in North Carolina is regulated by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). The WRC gives municipalities the option of participating in a specified Urban Archery season by submitting a letter of intent to participate in the season along with a map clearly defining the area to be included in the season. The established dates for North Carolina’s 2011 Urban Archery season are January 14 - February 18, 2012. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Parks and Recreation and REFLEX International are taking the wellness program to the next level with the Couch to 5K challenge. This group training and exercise program does not require any running experience. It is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers. The final goal is to run the BUNNY RUN on April 7. Registration fee is required. The Couch to 5k challenge will meet at James L Dorton Park in Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 31, 2012. There is a $10.00 registration fee. This fee includes a T-Shirt.and $5.00 discount on the Bunny Run 5K registration. Stop being a couch potato and sign up today! More details at concordnc.gov.
 
Youth baseball/softball registration begins January 1 and is open the entire month of January.
 
Contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 for more information.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
1/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/26/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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