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Upcoming Parks and Recreation Programs
Lake Fisher 2010 Season
The lake is scheduled to operate boat rentals beginning Saturday, March 13.  Lake Fisher is a North Carolina watershed, providing water to Concord residents.  Because of this classification, rules and regulations govern activities on and around the lake.  Please assist us by following these guidelines.
 
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday- closed
Wednesday - Saturday- 7:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday- 1:00 - 6:00pm
Boat rental fees vary by age and usage.
 
Broken China Mosaics
Learn the basics of broken china mosaics with your choice of a picture frame or bird house garden stake project.  Please call instructor Kim Hoyt for materials, 704-209-6562. 
Registration deadline is 3/5. 
 
You can register online at www.concordparksandrec.org, by phone 704-920-5600, or at the Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave., Concord, NC 28025.
Class is on Saturday, 3/13/2010, from 9:00am - 2:00pm. 
Fee is $25; $5 city resident discount.  PLUS $15 materials fee paid to the instructor.
Class is held at Academy Recreation Center.
 

Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
 
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis - along with Cabarrus County - will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.
 
Plans include information booths, classes at the Dogwood Shelter, nature walks, geocaching, art contests, recycling, arts & crafts, music, children's activities, paper shredding, Carolina Raptor Center,Paper Shredding,Voodoo  U Junk Art, food and more.
 
There will also be a shuttle to and from the Piedmont Farmer's Market.
 
The following will be accepted for recycling or safe disposal:
Eyeglasses,Plastic Bags, Cell Phones, Batteries, Athletic Shoes, Medications, Electronics, Plastic Pill Bottles, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379
Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox
ecox@cityofkannapolis.com or 704-920-4314
Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz
papsterz@cabarruscounty.us or 704-920-3280
 
 
Spring Into Arts Festival
The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
 
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010    Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 For information call the CDDC at 704-784-4208. www.springintoarts.com
Stormwater Maintenance Update
The City of Concord Stormwater Service Crews will be working on  improvements to the stormwater system. On February 25, 2010, Stormwater Service crews will close two roads in Concord for stormwater construction.  Freedom St. SW, at 357 Freedom St. SW, and Creek Trail SE, at 314 Creek Trail SE, will be closed due to stormwater construction.  Weather permitting, both roads will be re-opened by March 5th.  No through traffic will be permitted.  Detour signs will be in place to guide traffic around the road closures.
 
 Due to numerous weather delays, the Overbrook Dr. NE road closure has been extended.  The road is now expected to be re-opened by March 19, 2010. Through traffic should follow the posted detour signs.
 
Resident can keep up with all City of Concord street closures at
http://concordnc.micromaps.com/.
 Jeff Corley, PE Engineering Manager  City of Concord, NC Stormwater Services
 Phone - 704-920-5372
 

The Annual Cemetery Clean up will be March 1, 2010 through March 5,  2010
 
Residents are asked to please remove any flowers, vases, flags or other items  you wish to keep from the gravesites  BEFORE Monday March 1.
 
Clean up will begin Monday, March 1, 2010  and will be completed Friday, March 5, 2010.
Residents are advised that personal items can be returned after Friday, March 5, 2010.
 
For more information contact Charles Carithers at 704-786-8212.
 

 

Copyright 2009 City of Concord
 
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Join us for Viva Verde Earth Festival
This year the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis along with Cabarrus County will be holding a joint Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd. in Kannapolis.
Plans include information booths, classes at the Dogwood Shelter, nature walks, geocaching, art contests, recycling, arts & crafts, music, childrens activities, paper shredding, Carolina Raptor Center,Paper Shredding,Voodoo U Junk Art, food and more.

There will also be a shuttle to and from the Piedmont Farmers Market.
The following will be accepted for recycling or safe disposal:
Eyeglasses,Plastic Bags, Cell Phones, Batteries, Athletic Shoes, Medications, Electronics, Plastic Pill Bottles, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

For more information, please contact:
Concord: Mandy Smith-Thompson
smithal@concordnc.govor
704-920-5379
Kannapolis: Elizabeth Cox
ecox@cityofkannapolis.comor
704-920-4314
Cabarrus County: Pete Pasterz
papsterz@cabarruscounty.usor
704-920-3280.


Spring into Arts Festival
The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.

The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

For information call the CDDC at 704-784-4208.
www.springintoarts.com



Active Kids Program
Parks & Recreation is offering a class, Active Kids, for ages 7-14. It focuses on activities geared towards increasing heart rate, strength training, flexibility, building their core and balance. Doing this plus having just plain FUN! Signed waiver by parent or guardian required. Registration can be done online at
www.concordparksandrec.org
or at class.
Michelle Colombero is the instructor.
Saturdays, 2/27-3/27 10:00-11:00 am
Fee: $20; $5 city resident discount
Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Ave. NW, Concord
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Snow Removal
While summertime thunderstorms occur regularly in our area, significant snow fall is an anomaly. It is unusual for Concord to experience multiple winter storm events. Snow, sleet and/or freezing rain usually last several days in our area. It has been many years since we have seen heavy snowfall and multiple snow events in our community. Due to the hit and miss nature of winter weather in Concord, we do not maintain a dedicated fleet of vehicles just for the removal of snow and sleet. However, every year the City conducts an annual pre-season snow exercise in October using trucks in our fleet from the water, wastewater, solid waste, and electric departments. The City tunes up our plows, graders, de-icers and spreaders in preparation for winter weather. During the drill crews discuss operations and practice attaching snow removal equipment to our trucks.

During the winter season, Concord continually monitors the weather forecasts from several sources, which are distributed to departments so the crews can prepare. If the event is forecast to be significant, a departmental meeting is called where departments discuss preparedness activities and any issues that might arise. Updates are provided periodically and become more frequent depending on escalating conditions.

The goal of the City's snow removal policy or removal of any debris which may block our transportation arteries is based on the following approach:
Improve safety for motorists and pedestrians
Ensure emergency responders can reach citizens and
Enhance movement for motorists and economic activity.

In order to make use of limited resources the City identified major roads to keep clear of snow and ice. The crew concentrates on identified routes that citizens can rely on until conditions improve.

The primary or bare pavement streets are treated/plowed first. These consist of emergency snow routes and other main collector streets which connect major sections of the City to provide access for emergency fire, police, EMS, commercial businesses or area bus routes. Snow is plowed within the confines of the curb line to curb line of the street. This priority system attempts to keep open the roads that serve the greatest number of people. The City also coordinates with NCDOT for snow removal. NCDOT is responsible for all the major roadways such as I-85 and ramps, Branchview, NC Hwy 49, and US Hwy 29.

During significant events secondary routes may only be plowed in hazardous locations such as hills, intersections and turns until the storm passes.

Depending on the forecast, the City usually begins operations by pre-treatment. This anti-icing practice involves applying an amount of salt brine before the storm begins. The residue left by the application is designed to prevent the snow or ice from forming a bond with the pavement. Brine freezes at around -6 degrees Fahrenheit. This can buy crews some extra time, usually one or two hours, to fight the storm and can make cleanup and plowing easier. Brine solution has another economic benefit as it can be applied during regular work hours, reducing overtime, and reducing the work effort to keep road clear when the storm comes. If the event is mild, it may be all that is needed to keep the roads capable of minimal travel. Brine is also the green method of treatment since fewer chemicals are used.

In the aftermath of a winter season like we have experienced, the weather and snow removal operations can create potholes. If you find and would like to report a pothole just call the City's Customer Care Center at (704)920-5528.

 

 

The Annual Cemetery Clean up will be March 1, 2010 through March 5, 2010

Residents are asked to please remove any flowers, vases, flags or other items you wish to keep from the gravesites BEFORE Monday March 1. 

Clean up will begin Monday, March 1, 2010 and will be completed Friday, March 5, 2010.
Residents are advised that personal items can be returned after Friday, March 5, 2010.

For more information contact Charles Carithers at 704-786-8212.

 

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Presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Concord Finance Department with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the July 1, 2009 Budget Document. The award represents a significant achievement. It reflects commitment of the governing body and management to meeting the highest principles of budget presentation. The City of Concord has received this award for eight consecutive years.


Continued the public hearing to consider amending the Land Use Plan and the Concord Parkway / Warren C. Coleman Blvd. Small Area Plan (text amendment) in the area of Warren C. Coleman Blvd. and Cabarrus Avenue.  The land involved is currently owned by Cabarrus County. Ownership and are in the process of being transferred to Habitat for Humanity. The area is a 38.45 acre site that was rezoned to RV (Residential Village) by the Planning Commission at the January 19, 2010 meeting. As part of the rezoning, the Land Use Plan and Small Area Plan must be amended.. The item was tabled and the public hearting continued to the March City Council meeting.


Conducted a public hearing and adopted the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) revised Administrative Plan for the Concord Housing Department. The Housing Department is required to submit a revised Administrative Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development when there are statutory and regulatory changes in the laws that govern the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  This addresses adding Project Based Vouchers to the City's program.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract for the Lincoln Street Sidewalk and the Swink Street Curb and Gutter. Bids were received on February 2, 2010 for sidewalk construction on Lincoln Street and curb and gutter construction on Swink Street. Seven bids were received. The lowest bidder was Concord Builders in the amount of $43,575.57.

Adopted an ordinance ordering the demolition of structures located at 145 Hemlock Street SW ; 224 Booker St. SW; and 226 Booker St. These structures are unoccupied, unsecured, and are creating blight within the neighborhood.  The City followed the applicable North Carolina General Statutes to determine the buildings are dilapidated and to provide the owners with due process.

Authorized staff to submit the Concord Regional Airport State Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation. The NC Division of Aviation has requested that staff prepare and submit, by February 2, 2010, a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for the Concord Regional Airport. This TIP will cover the time frame of FY 2011 to FY 2015. This information will be passed on by DOA to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for funding consideration after reviewed and authorized by the City Council.

Executed an encroachment agreement with Time Warner Cable - West Carolina Division to allow installation and operation of 1,360-ft. of plowed 2-in. conduit being occupied with fiber optic on Woodhaven Pl., NW. Time Warner Cable (TWC) desires to encroach on the public right-of-way of Woodhaven Pl., NW, a City of Concord maintained street, with the construction and operation of 1,360-ft. of conduit being occupied with fiber optic cable. The plans associated with this work have been reviewed and approved by the City Engineering and City Transportation Departments.

Adopted an ordinance amending City Code of Ordinances, Section 1. Part II, Chapter 30. Environment, Article III. Junk Vehicles, Section 30-71. Definition, and Article IV, Division 3. Rubbish, Unhealthy Substances and Weed Control, Section 30-161. Changes in state statutes allow for or require the recommended amendments to the City Code. The amendment to the definition of Junk Vehicles will allow for enforcement of this section where the other parts of the definition are met and when vehicle appears to be worth less than $500.00. Previously, this section could only be enforced where the vehicle appeared to be worth less that $100.00. The amendment to the notice provisions of section 30-161 will allow for one annual notice to persons who meet the definition of "chronic violator." Previously notice had to be sent for each and every violation regardless of how frequently the violations occurred.

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High Bills Due to the Cold Weather  - Facts and Tips to Help Save Money
Most people will say, well I always keep my thermostat on (whatever) 68.  There is no reason why my bill should have gone up that much, it can't be right! 
 
The answer for this - one of the coldest winters on record. Due to the record cold temperatures, utility customers across North Carolina are experiencing significantly higher bills. When the temperatures get that cold, your heat pump will run more just to maintain the same temperature in your residence. 
 
Adjust your thermometer to a lower temperature to keep the heat pump from running more.  Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when home. By resetting your programmable thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day (for instance, while no one is home or while everyone is tucked in bed) you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent.
 
Weatherize your home-caulk and weatherstrip any doors and windows that leak air. Properly maintain and clean heating equipment. Replace furnace filters regularly.  Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawl spaces to see if it meets the levels recommended for your area.
 
During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
 
 
The City of Concord has a budget billing program so that winter and summer peaks in usage can be averaged out the entire year.Contact the Customer Service Department at (704) 920-5240 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
 
The Electric Department has  suggestions of "ways to lower your electric bill" or "make your home more energy efficient" on the City's website at
www.concordnc.gov/Departments/Electric.
 

Street Maintenance and Pothole Information 
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and City of Concord maintain roads in our community. All major roads and streets are maintained by NCDOT. Some side streets and neighborhood streets are maintained by the City of Concord Transportation Department.
 
This winter has seen an increase in snow and ice on the roads in our area. Salt, chemicals, and plowing have taken a toll on the condition of the roads. Potholes have occurred in some areas.
 
NCDOT's top priority is to provide a safe transportation system for North Carolina. Potholes are common during the winter months when moisture seeps into cracks in pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws. This causes cracks to widen or asphalt to rise. Traffic then loosens the pavement, which eventually crumbles, creating a pothole. North Carolina has seen several of these freeze-thaw cycles this winter.
 
What Makes a Pothole?
Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws. This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.
 
Motorists play an important role in identifying potholes. If you see a pothole on a state-maintained road, report it to the NCDOT Customer Service Office at 1-877-368-4968, or send in a report online at
www.ncdot.gov/contact. Scroll down to "Reporting" and use the drop-down menu to choose the county, then the link for a Contact Us email form that can be sent directly to that county's maintenance office. Provide as much detail as possible about the location of the pothole including the city or county, road name, nearest intersection, which lane the pothole is in, and the size and depth of the pothole.
 
To report a pothole on a road that is not maintained by the state, contact the City of Concord at 704-920-5555.
 
Extra crews have been assigned to respond to the large number of potholes occurring across the state.  The department asks that motorists be patient with road crews as potholes are repaired throughout the state. Because of the high number of potholes, it may take weeks to make all necessary repairs. Potholes within travel lanes of major routes will be first priority.
 
AAA offers the following tips when encountering a pothole:
· Avoid swerving. Swerving can cause loss of vehicle control.
· Slow down. Carefully avoid impact with potholes. If a pothole can't be avoided, slow down. Hitting a pothole at a high speed increases the chance of damage to the vehicle, and losing control.
· Roll through. Rolling through the pothole is better than braking rapidly.
· Properly inflate tires. Over-inflated and under-inflated tires increase risk of tire and wheel damage.
· Avoid puddles that may conceal a deep pothole.
 
 
The Annual Cemetery Clean up will be March 1, 2010 through March 5,  2010 
Residents are asked to please remove any flowers, vases, flags or other items  you wish to keep from the gravesites  BEFORE Monday March 1.
 
Clean up will begin Monday, March 1, 2010  and will be completed Friday, March 5, 2010.
 
Residents are advised that personal items can be returned after Friday, March 5, 2010.
 
For more information contact Charles Carithers at 704-786-8212.
 
 
Loose Leaf Collection officially ended the last  week of January 2010 
Any loose leaves raked to the curb must now be bagged.
 Residents are reminded to use clear plastic bags or biodegradable paper bags only.
Those who are unable to bag their loose leaves may want to consider the Second Chance program where for a fee the City will vacuum their leaves.  Call 704-920-5361 to make an appointment or for more information.
 Advanced payment is required.
 
Second Chance Program Again Available
The Second Chance Program is for anyone who does not want to bag their leaves once looseleaf
season has ended in your neighborhood. For a fee, the City will schedule a special loose-leaf collection during the weeks of February 1-5 or 8-12, allowing you to forgo the required  bagging for this brief period once leaf season ends and avoid penalties that may result if leaves are not bagged.
Call 704-920-5555 to schedule your Second Chance collection.


 
Are you ready for Census 2010? 
The next decennial census is in 2010.  The Business & Neighborhood Services Department has already been working on the new Census for a couple years now.  Making sure the Census Bureau has a complete list of addresses and maps is imperative for Concord to have the most accurate count of population possible.  When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
 
Responding to the census is:
 
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
 
      Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
 
      Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
 
      Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
 
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
 
 
 
City of Concord Upcoming Meetings
Public hearings Held in the Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
February Meetings
2/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
2/18/2010 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
2/18 & 2/19 Council Planning Session
2/23/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment Meeting
 
March Meetings
3/11/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting
3/16/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Meeting
3/18/2010 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
3/23/2010 Board of Adjustment
 
 
Concord News Update 
www.concordnc.gov  for the latest information and news.


Call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 for information concerning City Services
 

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Loose Leaf Collection officially ended the last week of January 2010

Any loose leaves raked to the curb after your last scheduled loose leaf collection week must be bagged.
Residents are reminded to use clear plastic bags or biodegradable paper bags only.
Those who are unable to bag their loose leaves may want to consider the Second Chance program where for a fee the City will vacuum their leaves. Call 704-920-5361 to make an appointment or for more information.
Advanced payment is required.

Second Chance Program Again Available
The Second Chance Program is for anyone who does not want to bag their leaves once looseleaf
season has ended in your neighborhood. For a fee, the City will schedule a special loose-leaf collection during the weeks of February 1-5 or 8-12, allowing you to forgo the required bagging for this brief period once leaf season ends and avoid penalties that may result if leaves are not bagged.
Call 704-920-5555 to schedule your Second Chance collection.


The Annual Cemetery Clean up will be March 1, 2010 through March 5, 2010

Residents are asked to please remove any flowers, vases, flags or other items you wish to keep from the gravesites BEFORE Monday March 1.

Clean up will begin Monday, March 1, 2010 and will be completed Friday, March 5, 2010.

Residents are advised that personal items can be returned after Friday, March 5, 2010.

For more information contact Charles Carithers at 704-786-8212.

Are you ready for Census 2010?
The next decennial census is in 2010. The Business & Neighborhood Services Department has already been working on the new Census for a couple years now. Making sure the Census Bureau has a complete list of addresses and maps is imperative for Concord to have the most accurate count of population possible. When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly. Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:

Responding to the census is:

Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence. Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in. With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.

Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.

Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes. The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas. A persons individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau. By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individuals responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
Important - Its important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress. It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.

You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner. When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail. Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.

2010 Bunny Run 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
1 Mile Fun Run-8:00 AM 5k Bunny Run-8:30 AM

Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue Concord, NC 28025 REGISTRATION LOCATION:
Registrations accepted by mail, online or in person at the Academy Recreation Center located at
147 Academy Avenue in Concord.

Pre-registration check in and race day registration will be at Les Myers Park in Pauls Kitchen from
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 am for the 5k.

REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run: $12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th.
Online registration will close on Thursday March 26th.
T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.

USAT&F Certified Course - The race begins and ends in the Les Myers Park
Lower Parking lot and continues on the McEachern Greenway, turns around in the Downtown Connector Greenway back to Les Myers Park.
For more information, please contact
Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation
Department Office at 704-920-5600
Email: recreation@concordnc.gov

Mail completed entry form with fee to:
Concord Parks & Recreation
P. O. Box 308
Concord, NC 28026
Make checks payable to: City of Concord

On-line registration is available from
Active.Com through our web site at
www.concordparksandrec.org


Stormwater Pollution - Scoop the Poop
Pet waste often enters bodies of water when pet owners do not clean up after their pets.

City of Concord pet owners are strongly encouraged to pick up after their pets.

An easy way to do so is to carry a baggie or two when you walk your dog. Pet waste is properly disposed of in the garbage or even flushed (minus the baggies).

* Contains harmful bacteria (E. Coli)
* Makes bodies of water unsafe for swimming & fishing
* Contains nitrogen and phosphorus (like fertilizers), contributes to nutrient pollution & causes eutrophication process