Parks & Recreation Projects
For more information, please call Harrisburg Parks and Recreation at 704-455-7275.
Harrisburg Park Construction is NOW COMPLETE!
The Harrisburg Park Project is complete and is now fully functional. Harrisburg Park opened on March 30, 2021 and the new Splash Pad opened on May 27, 2021. The Amphitheater hosted its first Rockin' The Burg concert on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
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, a splash pad, walking/biking trails, and a building 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.
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: September 2019 – June 2020;
- The initial construction deadline has been extended due to rain days, impacts from Covid-19 and additional project elements added to the scope of the project in early 2021.
- Grand Re-Opening: Spring 2021
Park construction began in September 2019, and substantial progress has been made. Below are links to monthly progress reports of the project, detailing our success:
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 the audience through a presentation detailing the processes, project scope, timeline, and GMP. The staff has prepared a park closure schedule that will be contingent upon the Council’s approval of the project. The staff has been proactive in planning youth and adult sports schedules, special events, and rentals, all of which take place at Harrisburg Park. The 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 adopted and approved the park project as presented
• September 16, 2019: Park closed to all activities (does not impact Harrisburg Library)
• September 16, 2019: Construction began
• Spring 2021: Park grand opening
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, the staff went over, in detail, the architecture, park elements, and features, as well as 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 the review within the TRC committee and sending the project out to Bid. Project bidding will be in 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 in September 2019.
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 about the project. Please come out to support this wonderful park project for our community!
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6 pm
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.
Disc Golf in Harrisburg Park
Town Council recently approved a proposal to construct a 9-hole disc golf course in Harrisburg Park. The course will be designed with beginners, families and seniors in mind while also benefiting experienced players looking to work on their short game. The course will begin and end in and around the wooded trails adjacent to the parking lot above field #1 located in the South East section of the park. The course will also utilize a portion of Harris Depot Park, bringing many potential new residents to the beautiful, but under-utilized, facility.
Project will begin in July 2021
Play will begin in September 2021
The Town has been working to partner with the Water Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC) as they continue to work toward design improvements to an existing sewer easement along Back Creek Greenway. Discussions are centered around a sewer line upgrade that would enable the town the opportunity the possibility of having the greenway alignment correspond with the revised and updated sewer line. These discussions remain on the table until further study is complete. In August 2019, Town Council approved Camelia Gardens, a new subdivision that will be required to construct nearly 9/10ths mile of greenway along Back Creek. This segment will be constructed along with the middle and high school properties, adjacent to the neighborhood, and will include a bridge that will allow connection to the neighborhood from the schools, as well connection to Stallings Road to allow walkability to Stallings Park and Harrisburg Elementary. This segment was helped made possible through a joint partnership with the Cabarrus County School System and Cabarrus County, who have played a vital role in helping connect our communities.
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 the location of the alignment, connectivity to schools, residences, businesses, and parks, as well the number of existing secured easements which make the 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 ensure 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 as to view the PowerPoint 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.
Pharr Mill De-Construction Project
The historic mill, located on Pharr Mill Rd., has been designated for de-construction on a project set to begin in late June. The project will focus on salvaging as much of the original construction materials as possible and re-purposing them on a future park project that has not yet been determined.
Once the de-construction has been completed, and all salvageable materials safely secured, The Town, with assistance from design professionals, will assess the site to determine the viability of future park development and the re-purposing of the salvaged mill materials. If it is determined that the Pharr Mill site is unsuitable for park development, The Town will designate the salvaged materials for an alternative use in one of The Town's other parks.