Trail to open nature preserve peninsula to public

A grant of nearly $10,000 will enable the Davidson Lands Conservancy to build a 1,600-foot walking trail looping around the peninsula shoreline in the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve.

The trail will include a gazebo, picnic tables and trail furnishings.

REI Inc. gave $9,981 to the nonprofit conservancy to expand public access in the preserve: eight wooded acres that extend to Lake Davidson.

REI has supported the conservancy for about two years, providing a total of $24,000 and sponsoring last year's completion of a 900-foot trail that leads to a canoe/kayak launch at the preserve, said Roy Alexander, the conservancy's executive director.

Thanks to REI, as well as volunteers and donated services from various businesses and individuals, the conservancy opened the preserve years ahead of when the town budget would have allowed, Alexander said.

The latest REI grant will open the entire peninsula to the community, he said.

The Lake Davidson Nature Preserve provides the only public access since the lake's creation in the 1960s. The preserve is used by trail enthusiasts, canoeists, kayakers, rowers and fishermen, and by educators as an outdoor classroom.

The preserve is behind Davidson Day School, at 750 Jetton St.

The latest work at the preserve will begin late this summer, and volunteers are needed, Alexander said.

To get involved, contact the conservancy at 704-892-1910;; or

Workshop to present ways to improve Derita Road

At an informational workshop Tuesday, you can see preliminary alternatives for improving Derita Road between Concord Mills Boulevard and Poplar Tent Road.

The city and the N.C. Department of Transportation will host the workshop from 4-7 p.m. in the Conference Room of Concord Regional Airport, 9000 Aviation Blvd., off Derita Road.

(The same road is known as Derita Road in Cabarrus County but as Odell School Road in Mecklenburg. It does not connect with the Derita Road in north Charlotte.)

Aerial maps will be displayed that show environmental constraints, and handouts and comment sheets will be distributed.

Interested residents can drop by at their convenience. No formal presentation will be made but city and state officials will be available to discuss the project.

Grant to bring water, sewer to America's Park

The town will apply for a federal grant of up to $250,000 to provide water and sewer services to 60 rural Iredell County acres for the $20 million America's Park youth baseball project.

The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to apply for the rural business enterprise grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The complex off Rankin Hill Road between Mooresville and Troutman will have 25 lighted baseball fields, 60 cabins, a laundry facility, a dining hall and concession stands.

The park is expected to open in June 2012 and draw at least 80,000 visitors each year from mid-March through mid-November.

Commissioner Chris Carney made the motion to approve the grant. He said the water and sewer lines also will open the Cornelius Road corridor to further development.

"It's a good thing," he said of the water and sewer lines.

Burrage Road bridge to close this week

The bridge over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road will be closed from Monday through Friday this week so the city and state can collect data for a new bridge design.

Use the detour route of Lake Concord Road, Branchview Drive and Bradley Street. The same detour will be used when construction begins on the new bridge later this year.

Details: Rick Blat of the Concord Engineering Department,; 704-920-5425.

OK given to design fire station

ADW Architects of Charlotte will design the town's next fire station, planned for Balmy and Lazy lanes off U.S. 21, at a 20 percent savings.

The firm can do the work for less because it will base the design on the town's fire station on Shearers Road.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners last week awarded ADW the $125,024 contract for architectural and engineering services for the planned Fire Station No. 5.