Thursday March 26, 2020

Structure fire at Frank Liske Park

At 1:06 a.m., Concord Fire Department responded to a fire at Frank Liske Park (4001 Stough Road) in Concord. The park’s centerpiece, a barn building with towering silo, caught fire.

The park is closed until further notice.

The land on which the park sits is the Stonewall Jackson property, owned by the State and on lease to Cabarrus County.

In the mid-1900s, it served as a working farm for Stonewall Jackson Training School students. The original barn was used to house and care for dairy cattle.

Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks Director Londa Strong was with Cabarrus County when it transformed the property into a park. She remembers watching crews turn the old barn into a functioning facility, built around the dairy barn’s original beams and iconic silo.

Frank Liske Park opened in June 1982 with the barn as its centerpiece. It was used for youth camps, rentals and the backdrop to countless family memories.

“The barn is a Cabarrus County treasure,” said Strong. “Our crews took pride in the facility and it showed. Generations used the barn for family reunions, picnics and weddings. Hundreds of thousands of people have memories connected to the facility. We are proud that our work means so much to our community.”

Cabarrus County appreciates the agencies and individuals who responded to the event.

“We want to thank Concord Fire Department, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s and Fire Marshal’s offices, Cabarrus County EMS, Harrisburg Fire Department, Cabarrus County’s Active Living & Parks and Infrastructure & Asset Management departments, and all the other agencies that responded,” Strong said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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