For the first time since it was built in 1977, the Concord main branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library will have a major renovation.
The project will include a larger children's room and circulation desk area, among numerous other improvements.
Known as the Charles A. Cannon Memorial Library, the building is headquarters of the library system, with branches in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant and Harrisburg.
Cabarrus County officials announced last week that private donations - including from Mariam Cannon Hayes, the estate of Mariam Cannon Hayes and other private sources - will pay for the $800,000 project.
Concord-based Griffin Architecture will help with the project through its planned completion early next year. Improvements planned:
An enhanced area for children's programming.
A relocated local history room to allow increased hours.
A redesigned public conference room to make it more accessible and versatile.
Improved aesthetics, furniture and function of the library to meet the needs of adults, teenagers and children in their respective areas, and to provide better wheelchair access.
The building has been refurbished over the years but has remained essentially the same since it was built, Dana Eure, director of the county library system, said in announcing the renovations.
Everybody plays at this new playground
CONCORD Concord Rotary Club members were scheduled Saturday to celebrate the completion of the club-sponsored Everybody Plays Playground at McGee Park, off Cabarrus Avenue.
The playground has slides, swings and other equipment adapted to children and others with disabilities, including mobility, vision, hearing, speech and learning impairments. Equipment for able-bodied children is also at the playground.
The club held a groundbreaking in the summer after raising about $110,000 to build the playground. Financial contributions came from club members, a grant from Rotary District 7680, private foundation grants and a club fundraiser.
Last year the Concord City Council approved construction of the playground at the city-owned park. The city will provide ongoing maintenance of the playground equipment through the Parks & Recreation Department.
East Lincoln park to open in two years
DENVER After a year of planning, Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club volunteers are moving forward with work on the planned East Lincoln Rescue Park.
Club members hope to open the park in two years with playgrounds, picnic tables, walking trails and fields for soccer, softball, baseball and disc golf.
The volunteer rescue squad donated its building and land to the Rotary Club's foundation after Lincoln County didn't renew its emergency services contract last year. The squad subsequently distributed its equipment and vehicles to other emergency organizations in the county.
Through an agreement with the county, the Rotary club's nonprofit foundation has leased 32 acres to create the park on Galway Lane, across from Lincoln Charter School.
The Rotary club uses proceeds from its annual Denver Days fall festival to support the park's construction. The 2010 festival ended Saturday.
The club posts updates about the park at www.denverlakenormanrotary.com.
For park details, a preliminary design or how to get involved, email Bob Hecht at email@example.com.
Volunteers help Habitat ReStore
KANNAPOLIS Oiles America Corp. volunteers helped clean and organize storage facilities at the Habitat ReStore at 2902 S. Cannon Blvd. on Sept. 24.
The Cabarrus Cares Day effort will allow the store to process material donations more efficiently.
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County was established in 1989 and has built 123 homes in the county.