What's Happening

Stay on top of what’s new, exciting or changing in the Parks & Recreation department.  Details on new recreation programs, park updates, community blood drives and other items of interest can be found below. For COVID-19 updates and information, click here.

OPEN Spaces To Close due to extreme Fire Danger

Updated 10/21/20
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning beginning Wednesday evening and lasting through Tuesday morning. Wind gusts are expected to pick up significantly, resulting in extreme fire danger.

The City of Concord is again closing its open space areas with developed walking trails, including Lime Ridge Open Space and portions of Newhall Park. Lime Ridge parking lots at Treat Boulevard and Montecito Drive will also be closed.

The closures will take place beginning this Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Tuesday, Oct. 27. City staff has consulted with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and determined that closing the open space is in the best interest of public safety and preservation of the natural environment.

PG&E has also warned of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event for much of the Bay Area. However, the most recent update does NOT show Concord as affected by this. For updates, please visit: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/

Drive-Thru Ice Cream social

Join us for a FREE Ice Cream Soda Social Drive Thru between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Concord Senior Center. Pick up party cup with individual ice cream, straw, and soda flavor (coke, root beer, sprite or diet variety). Park and stay a while or take home and enjoy. Let us know how you are doing, get out and stretch, all while remaining safe and socially distant. 

RSVP at caryl.tynan@cityofconcord.org, call 925-671-3321 or online here.

Class interest survey

What kind of enrichment classes are you interested in? For you, your child, aging parent...we want to know! Complete our brief survey by clicking on the link below (we promise, it will only take a moment of your time!) so we can better serve you.

Complete the Survey!

City PlAygrounds Open

Under the new State guidelines, the City of Concord reopened its 19 playgrounds on Thursday, October 1.  Public Works staff inspected and prepared all playgrounds, installing new signage indicating usage rules designed to keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting their children and themselves. Rules include: 

  • Wear a Mask
  • Maintain Distance
  • No Food or Drink
  • Wash Hands (Remember to bring sanitizer to the playground)
  • Know When to Stay Home (If ill or if particularly vulnerable to COVID)
  • Share Our Space  (Wait your turn, let others have a turn)

Help us shape the future of Ellis Lake Park

The City of Concord is partnering with First 5 Contra Costa County and Monument Impact to pursue a State of California grant for improvements to Ellis Lake Park, and we need your input! Designing the improvements with significant community input will encourage higher usage, better protection, and a safer environment. Our goals include:

  • Selecting and designing recreation features
  • Locating the selected recreation features within the park
  • Identifying safe public use and park beautification ideas

If awarded, this State grant will provide funding for future programming, amenities, and operational needs of the park. Learn more about the Prop. 68 grant opportunity.

Resident input will help guide the plan to ensure the park improvements reflect the needs and desires of the community. Please click here to view and register for future meeting dates.

Upcoming Blood Drive

Blood Drives

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