Even if you misplaced your cellphone and could not immediately access its handy calendar, it was easy to tell that the start of a new school year is just around the corner.
Harrisburg’s athletic fields and parks were filled this week with young and aspiring athletes, all preparing for the upcoming fall sports season. Practices for our recreational football and soccer leagues are now under way, with most of the soccer teams getting in their first kicks and drills on Saturday over at Stallings Road Park, Pitts School Elementary, and Hickory Ridge Middle School, in spite of still-soaring temperatures.
Noticeably absent from the list was Harrisburg Park, and for good reason.
On Monday night the Harrisburg Town Council unanimously approved an ambitious $10 million renovation of the park that, when completed by July 2020, will more than double the number of athletic fields there. The approved work also calls for the addition of a slew of wonderful, family-friendly amenities, including: an amphitheater with seating for up to 10,000; a 2,500-square-foot splash pad; a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant playground measuring more than 10,000 square feet; the expansion of existing walking and biking trails; and, if you can believe it, the addition of roughly two dozen new public restrooms!
As with all good things, there is a downside to the upcoming renovations as they will force Harrisburg Park’s temporary closure for nearly 10 months, starting on Monday, September 16. The plan is to reopen the renovated park on Friday, July 3, 2020—the day before the park’s huge Fourth of July celebration.
Due to the pending closure, Harrisburg Parks and Recreation has been forced to relocate all practices and games typically held at the park for the fall and spring seasons. Parents who registered their children should have already received an email from the town explaining how officials are handling the upcoming closure, namely by relocating all practices and games to other athletic fields.
Your child’s coach should be sharing all relevant information about practice and game locations. If you require additional information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-455-7275 during normal business hours.
Incidentally, the Harrisburg Library will remain open during the renovations, and there will be no disruption of their wonderful services.
It turns out that the final event to be held at the venue soon to be known as the “old Harrisburg Park” will be the next-to-last Rockin’ the Burg concert for 2019. Kids In America – Totally 80’s Tribute Band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. Opening for them, from 6-6:30 p.m., will be David Domingo.
As a result, this year’s final Rockin’ the Burg show, still scheduled for Saturday, October 12, has been moved to Harrisburg Town Center and will now begin a few hours earlier, at 4 p.m.. The show will immediately follow the annual Harrisburg Art Walk that’s scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Jeremy Mohr is set to open the concert, followed by Radio Revolver. More details on both of those events as the date draws near.
Please note that the town is now making arrangements for next year’s Rockin’ the Burg series. Officials are working on nailing down alternative venues for next year’s concerts – at least those scheduled prior to the Fourth of July. Again, details will be shared once they are shared with us!
It turns out that Harrisburg Park will be plenty busy prior to closing for is upcoming facelift.
The inaugural Harrisburg Multicultural Festival, a brand new community event sponsored by the Harrisburg Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, will also be held on Saturday, September 14. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature teams of volunteers, representing approximately 20 different countries. Team members will both entertain and educate attendees, while sharing details of their respective cultures.
There is no charge to attend, and the entire community is encouraged to come on down. There will be food vendors selling some international culinary treats as well! For more information, please read our article on the upcoming festival by clicking here: www.justoutsidetheloop.com/2019/08/16/cultural-festival-strives-to-bring-community-together.
Michele Webb, the owner of Gift Innovations on Highway 49, is pleased to report that things are going well since her grand opening late last month. Those who have swung by her store, which sits in the same shopping center as Pub 49, already know that she sells an assortment of handmade crafts and gifts. (Click here to read the article on her shop: www.justoutsidetheloop.com/2019/07/25/new-gift-shop-opens-doors-seeks-artisans.)
Ms. Webb recently announced that Carole Runnion, a jewelry artist from Charlotte, will be hosting a Bracelet 101 class at Gift Innovations on Saturday, September 14. (Man, that is one heck of a jam-packed day in the ‘Burg!). The class runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration costs $30 per person, and the fee includes all required materials. The class is limited to eight participants. Please call 989-258-8996 to register and reserve your space for this cool workshop.