Did you know?
Did you know lawn irrigation using the City's water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays? Keep this in mind while spiffing up that lawn this spring, and visit to learn more.

Concord becomes an NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat™
At a media event on Earth day in McGee Park, leaders from the Concord Wildlife Alliance joined Mayor Scott Padgett, Council Member Al Brown, Jr. and City staff members to announce that Concord has been certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The park is one of several City-owned properties that were certified in the process. Concord is the 82nd community in the country and the fifth in North Carolina to receive this honor. A Community Wildlife Habitat project creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland, and other spaces.  On the same day, Roush Fenway Racing announced a substantial gift to the Concord Wildlife Alliance, and challenged other local race teams to join in support. Visit for event photos and more information.

ClearWater Artist Studios and RCCC collaborate to host student art show
For the second year, ClearWater Artist Studios and RCCC’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts have collaborated to bring the Spring Student Art Show to ClearWater’s Gallery. Tonight from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., selected student art works by current Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students will be on exhibit and the Department of Fine and Applied Arts will host a reception. The event is open to the public. This year, the show includes a design showcase of work produced by students in the new Graphic Design Program. The exhibit will remain in place until May 1. For more information, contact ClearWater Artist Studios Manager Sarah Gay at 704-784-9535 or, or Jenn Selby, Program Chair of RCCC Department of Fine and Applied Arts at 704-216-3820 or You can also visit,, or

Rain or Shine: shred event planned for April 25 near Rotary Square Farmer's Market
The Solid Waste Services department is hosting a
free community document shredding and recycling event on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine in Downtown Concord at Cabarrus County's Parking Lot 4, located on Corban Avenue between Union and Spring Streets. Shredded paper (placed in a tied, clear plastic bag) is accepted in the City's curbside recycling program. However, the community shredding event will allow members of the public who have large quantities of sensitive or confidential material, or do not own a shredder, to securely dispose of unwanted paper. "This is one of the most frequent requests we receive from citizens," said Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson. "We're pleased to provide this opportunity to the community." The day of the event, attendees may bring up to three 13-gallon trash bags or three "bankers boxes" of paper to the on-site shred truck. Those bringing paper can stay to see their documents be destroyed, or just drop and go without watching. Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Be sure to also stop by the Rotary Square Farmer's Market for its soft opening, and celebrate Earth Day with City and County staff.

Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton to be featured at annual Cabarrus County Law Day
On Friday, May 1, the public is invited to show their appreciation of local law enforcement officers and commemorate the development of law in the United States at the annual Law Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street, Concord). The ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Cabarrus County. At the ceremony, a deserving veteran law enforcement officer will receive the Robert Jackson Eury Memorial Award, and the Cabarrus County Bar Association will also honor a local member with the Liberty Bell Award. Concord Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton will be the featured speaker and address the crowd with a special presentation. To conclude the ceremony, attendees will recognize the local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Cabarrus County and their families. Law Day is commemorated across the nation and this year’s theme marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Visit to learn more.

Free CPR Training available to the public beginning May 8
The Fire Department, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, will soon offer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training free of charge to the public. While not providing official certification, the program will educate the public in the lifesaving skill of CPR. The latest research indicates that hands-only CPR has a tremendous positive effect on the survivability rates in cardiac incidents. Participants will learn the fundamentals of adult and infant CPR, and how to use an automatic electronic defibrillator. The first class will take place May 8; more information and registration are now available at

Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the
Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Final week to submit Youth Council membership applications
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit or contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or

Sign up now for the Couch to 5K Challenge

This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his or her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 10. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 5 and July 7. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Streetlight 5K registration. Learn more and register at

City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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