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Mayor Harold B. McEachern, 1928-2013
The City of Concord mourns the loss of former Mayor Harold B. McEachern, who passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Mr. McEachern was a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen from 1965 until 1977, and served as Concord’s sixteenth Mayor from 1977 until 1981. The funeral service for Mr. McEachern will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley Street NE. Learn more about Mayor McEachern and read reflections from the Mayor and City Council at
Vote for Union Street in statewide people’s choice competition
Do you LOVE Union Street? Now's your chance to show it! Concord’s historic Union Street has been named one of six finalists for the Great Main Street People’s Choice Award! The award is part of the North Carolina Great Places competition, sponsored by the state’s professional planners. And it’s up to you to vote! Check out to learn how!
2013 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 4-8
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 4. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 4. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 8. More details at
Be a force of nature: severe weather awareness week
The National Weather Service is promoting North Carolina’s 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week, which will take place March 3-9. During this week, NWS asks members of the community to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area. There are three main components of the Be a Force of Nature theme: Know Your Risk, Pledge and Take Action, and Be an Example. Visit to learn more.
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The park’s address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at Organizers are also looking for vendors and volunteers.
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Men’s (church and open), women’s, and co-ed leagues are available. The men’s open and women’s leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit
Come to the lake beginning March 6
The 2013 season at Lake Fisher Reservoir begins Wednesday, March 6. The reservoir has been improved to serve you better, with the addition of a vending area, a new equipment shed, and a new deck on the boat rental house. You can visit the lake five days a week: between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and on Sunday between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 pm. For more information about the offerings, schedule, fees, and hours of operation at Lake Fisher Reservoir, visit
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 before March 22, $20 on race day
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Register in-person at the Academy Recreation Center or online at

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
Registration for new summer campers underway
Summer camp registration is available for new campers at or in-person at the Academy Recreation Center. The eight-week program begins June 17 and ends August 9. Programs are available for 6-10 year olds (Summer Playground at Myers Park, Hartsell Recreation Center, or Caldwell Park) and 11-13 year olds (Camp GoneAlot at Academy Recreation Center). Registration is $350 for City residents; $450 for non-residents.
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
3/12/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
3/14/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/19/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/21/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
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