Parks & Recreation Projects
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Last Updated: February 21, 2019
The Town began a Master Planning process for Harrisburg Park in 2017. Below is a series of maps, schematics and the overall Park Master Plan Study that depicts what this project involves, and how it will look once complete.
The core features of this park renovation and expansion will include an amphitheater, six multi-purpose fields, splash pad, walking/biking trails and a build site for a recreation center. Current discussions, while not finalized, are focused on the Harrisburg YMCA relocating to this location. Harrisburg Park, as we know it today is 37 acres in size. Once the project is complete, it will be approximately 67 acres in size, this having been made possible through a land acquisition to the west of the property in 2016. For detailed information about this project, please read through the Park Master Plan document. For questions, please call or email Daniel Stines at 704-607-1535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrisburg Park Estimated Project Timeline:
- Permitting/Bidding: May 2019
- Request Council to Approve Contractor/GMP: June 2019
- Ground Breaking: July 2019 (after July 4th Celebration)
- Construction Timeline: July 2019 – June 2020
- Grand Re-Opening: July 2020 (to coincide with July 4th Celebration)
Harrisburg Park Update 7-19-19:
Project bidding went live July 2, 2019, and bids must be delivered in a sealed envelope by 2 p.m. on July 24, 2019 to Town Hall, where they will be opened and reviewed. Upon final review, J.D. Goodrum Company will compile the bids to develop the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) to construct the park. The project remains on schedule to be presented to Council at the August 12 Council meeting, held at 6 p.m. Staff intends to walk Council and audience through a presentation detailing the processes, project scope, timeline and GMP. Staff has prepared a park closure schedule that will be contingent upon Council's approval of the project. Staff has been proactive in planning youth and adult sports schedules, special events and rentals, all of which take place at Harrisburg Park. Staff has been working with several partners, primarily the Cabarrus County School System, to make provisions for a 10-month construction schedule of Harrisburg Park. Sports schedules and event advertising will reflect these changes and be made apparent as they are released to the public. The Harrisburg Library will remain open during park construction. Following is the revised park construction timeline and closure:
• August 12, 2019: Council consideration to adopt and approve the park project as presented
• September 16, 2019: Park closed to all activities (does not impact Harrisburg Library)
• September 16, 2019 – June 28, 2020: Construction timeline
• July 3, 2020: Park grand opening (coincides with July 4th - Independence Day Celebration)
Harrisburg Park Update 6-18-19:
Staff and the design and engineering firms have made significant progress toward the development of Harrisburg Park, as we approach the halfway point of the fiscal year. Staff presented a synopsis of the project scope and detail during a specially called meeting Monday June 18, 2019. During the meeting, staff went over, in detail, the architectural, park elements and features, as well answered numerous questions posed by Council for clarification on the project and the overall park scope. The project is currently at the 95% completion point for Construction Documents, which allows the Town to begin the required Technical Review Process (TRC), as required of all new developments and construction. The project has undergone a Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) and mitigations for DOT requirements are being reviewed. The next steps are finalizing review within the TRC committee and sending the project out to Bid. Project bidding will be July 2019 and is being administered through J.D. Goodrum General Contractors, the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. Staff will present the final project plan and Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) to Council in August 2019 that will include a contract for their consideration to award. Contingent on the award of the contract, the project is scheduled to start construction September 2019, with completion expected June 2020. A detailed Construction timeline, and notice of park impact will be released at a later date.
PARTF Grant Community Meeting
As plans continue to finalize for the expansion and renovation of Harrisburg Park, the Town is applying for a $350,000 grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). As part of the requirements, the Town invites all members of the public out to discuss the latest revisions, areas the grant funds would be applied, and any other questions pertaining to the project. Please come out to support this wonderful park project for our community!
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6pm
Harrisburg Town Hall Council Chambers
In 2017 and early 2018, The Town of Harrisburg utilized volunteer efforts to established 2.5 miles of multi-use mountain bike and hiking trails throughout Harrisburg park.
Pharr Mill Park
Approximately 1 mile of gravel trails were converted to 8 feet wide concrete trails, completing the 2.2 mile walking system in solid surface paths.
Approximately 700 feet of new fencing has been installed, creating a safety barrier between moving cars and children. The fence is custom-designed to blend with area farm fences as a “crossbuck” style fence.
A new sidewalk has been installed for more convenient access to the tennis courts. The playground was expanded to include a 3 bay swing set inclusive to ages 0 to 12. New synthetic grass surfacing was also installed for accessibility and low maintenance.
Harris Depot Park Pond Restoration
The pond, located at Harris Depot Park (6969 Harris Depot Road), is undergoing a restoration to restore the pond back to its natural stage. Natural boulders will be added as well as creek rock to increase not only the aesthetics of the pond, but the water quality as well. During this process, the area around the pond will be closed as well as access from Harris Depot Park to Harrisburg Park. The estimated completion date is early December. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Town of Harrisburg has contracted with Wirth & Associates, a Charlotte based Architecture and Engineering Firm, for the alignment, feasibility, surveying and cost estimates of the Back Creek Greenway. The Back Creek Greenway was identified in the adopted 2016 Harrisburg Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenway Master Plan as being a Priority 1, in project priorities for greenway development in Harrisburg. This priority ranking is based on: location of the alignment, connectivity to schools, residences, businesses and parks, as well the number of existing secured easements which make development of greenways feasible.
The Town held a Public Workshop on October 16, 2018. This workshop centered around gathering input from the local residences, identifying and addressing concerns, and will act as a catalyst to insure the final greenway alignment meets the needs of the community and maintains optimal function. Once complete, this section of the Back Creek Greenway will link Caldwell Road, with Stallings Road, and will connect subdivisions; Orchard Park, Windsor Forest, Bridge Pointe, and many out parcel communities with Hickory Ridge Middle School, and High School as well Harrisburg Elementary.
The project will also enable connectivity to Stallings Park, Harris Square Shopping Center and Town Center via sidewalk improvements on Stallings Road. Use the links below, to navigate the preliminary alignment, as well to view the power point shared at the Public Workshop. The alignment will change over the next few months, and these maps will be updated as these changes are made.
The Town will host a second Public Workshop once further study has been completed, to share the revisions and gather community input. For questions or comments, please call 704-607-1535 or email email@example.com.
Harris Square Veterans Park
The Town of Harrisburg has contracted Stewart Engineering for the Design and Architectural services for a 1.14 acre land parcel located in the Harris Square Shopping Center. The property is located in the corner at Hwy 49 and Harrisburg Veterans Road. The park parcel is forecasted to become a “Town Green” space that will have a focus toward our Veterans and Branches of our Military. The site is also slated to become the home of the Town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. Other features will act as passive green space, designed to compliment the adjoining businesses. The Town has developed a Steering Committee to oversee the project, consisting of Town Staff, Council, American Legion, Stewart Engineering and other members associated with the development of Harris Square. Staff will update this project as new information is developed. For questions, please call 704-607-1535 or email Parks and Recreation Director Daniel Stines.
Harris Square Veterans Park Estimated Project Timeline:
- Permitting/Bidding: April/May 2019
- Groundbreaking Ceremony: May 20, 2019
- Request Council to Approve Construction Contract: June 2019
- Construction Timeline: June – October 2019
- Opening Ceremony: November 2019