COMMUNITY NEWS

Renovated Hartsell Recreation Center opens to community
Friday, June 30, 2017

CONCORD – City of Concord officials gathered with the Silver Hill community and members of the general public on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Hartsell Recreation Center. Hartsell was closed between August 12, 2016 and June 18, 2017 for an extensive, $1.8 million renovation.

"This project demonstrates City Council’s commitment to investing in current facilities as well as meeting demand for new recreation opportunities," said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. "This work will ensure that Hartsell Center continues as a community landmark and source of pride for years to come."

The facility was the historical site of Hartsell High School’s gym and classrooms, and was purchased by the City in 1994 for use by the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to an updated look and better ADA accessibility compliance, the Center now has renovated exercise, fitness, and multi-purpose rooms available to the public.

"The renovations at Hartsell Recreation Center have created an open, airy, inviting atmosphere with the extensive use of glass bringing the outside in," added Bob Dowless, Parks and Recreation Director. "Additionally, the elevator and renovated restrooms on both levels ensure that all public spaces are fully accessible and meet ADA standards."

This project is the latest in a series of capital improvements to the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. In recent years, major renovations have been completed at the Academy and Logan Centers, along with new outdoor recreation options such as the Hector H. Henry II, Greenway and the Weddington Road Bark Park.

The City Council continues to focus on demand for improved recreation facilities as adopted in the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, adopted in December, 2016.