Centerpiece of popular Frank Liske Park in Concord goes up in flames

Centerpiece of popular Frank Liske Park in Concord goes up in flames
(Cabarrus County)

CONCORD, N.C. — A popular park in Concord is closed indefinitely after flames destroyed its centerpiece, a large barn.

Frank Liske Park, off Stough Road near Roberta Road, is closed after a fire overnight destroyed the pavilion.

Firefighters were called to the park just after 1 a.m. and found the large barn and towering silo engulfed.

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It took crews a while to knock the flames down. Nobody was hurt.

The park, which sits on the Stonewall Jackson property, owned by the state and on lease to Cabarrus County, will be closed until further notice.

In the mid-1900s, the land 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.

“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.”

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.

“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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