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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Parks and Recreation brings programming into parks nearly year-round? A variety of half-day offerings include Greenway Adventures, Habitat Heroes Club, and Chilly Willy Wednesdays. Be on the lookout for new programs in parks, greenways, and regional trail destinations this summer, and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

Public invited to tour City Hall on Sunday, February 7
Members of the public are invited to tour Concord City Hall on Sunday, February 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. During the drop-in event, staff will be available to tour visitors around the building, which opened to customers on January 19. The 76,000 square-foot structure consolidates the majority of Concord's administrative services, most of which previously functioned out of three Downtown buildings. Parking is conveniently located in the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck, just steps away. Learn more at
concordnc.gov/newcityhall.

External Agency funding process open through February 29 
Each year, the City of Concord grants limited funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Further guidance by North Carolina Supreme Court case law allows the City Council to choose to fund activities that 1) are within the appropriate scope of governmental involvement and reasonably related to community needs and 2) benefit the general public, as opposed to special interests or persons. Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY16-17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017).  The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2016. Learn more at concordnc.gov.


2016 City cemetery cleanup planned for February 27 - March 4

Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord the week of March 9. 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 9. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 13. More details are available at concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County partners launch Network of Care site
The Cabarrus Health Alliance in partnership with Cabarrus County has launched an innovative, online web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families, and individuals with key health information and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness (cabarrusnetworkofcare.org) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records; and much more. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Free tax preparation, reinstated deductions available for Cabarrus senior citizens
Trained volunteer tax specialists are ready to assist area seniors in filing their taxes at no cost. This free service is provided through the AARP Tax-Aide program every Monday and Wednesday through April 18 at the Cabarrus County Senior Center (331 Corban Ave SE). Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the sessions typically last around an hour, but may vary depending on each customer. Find out additional details at cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-3484.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Get messy!
Parks and Recreation is registering its next session of the new "Messy Art" series, Crayon The Rainbow, where children ages 4 to 8 will color with crayons in an entirely new way! Meets at 4:00 on Tuesday, February 9 at Academy Recreation Center. Each Messy Art session costs $10 ($5 City-resident discount available), visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

Summer Camp registration still available
Concord Parks and Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps at Summer Playground (ages 6-10) and Camp Gone-A-lot (ages 11-13)! Each program runs eight weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. For more information about the summer camp programs and registration process, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

February
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session and annual Planning Session Part 1
11 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
12 at 8:05 a.m. Planning Session Part 2
16 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
18 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

 

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