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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 Friday morning. Temperatures will be high and 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, and the City expects to reopen them on Friday morning,  Oct. 23. 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/

Unity Day Rocks

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Join the City of Concord in celebrating Unity Day this Wednesday, October 21, by wearing orange. Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, aims to bring awareness to and prevent bullying in schools and communities. Orange, a color described as warm and inviting and is associated with safety and visibility, making it the perfect color to spotlight this important and prevalent issue. The day's goal is to bring together community members to emphasize that bullying is not acceptable and that everyone deserves to be safe online and in the community.  

This year, we are inviting the community to visit a select park and look for one of 48 Unity Day rocks. These rocks will be orange and carry a message of kindness, acceptance, and tolerance! These orange Unity Day rocks can be found at the following parks next week: Concord Community, Meadow Homes, Ellis Lake, Newhall, Dave Brubeck, and Todos Santos. Learn more about Unity Day!

S'more Camp Concord: A Virtual Campout

Saturday, October 24th starting at 5:45pm
Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous night of camp memories along with some fundraising, dinner, wine, and S'mores as we gather virtually to benefit the Friends of Camp Concord and their mission of sending deserving kids and families to Camp! We think this online Campout will help fill the need created when we were forced to cancel camp this year by bringing you the joys of Camp Concord while safe at home. Registration is free with an option to donate and receive one of our custom S'more boxes.

 What is in a S'more box?

  • Choice of a full catered meal or charcuterie box by Fraiche catering
  • Wine by VJB Cellars, and Wellington Cellars
  • Two Camp Concord bandanas that can double as a face mask
  • and what's a campout with out of course S'mores!

Please register in advance for our S'more Camp Concord event at here.

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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.

Ball Wall Survey: Your feedback requested

The City of Concord Public Works Department is seeking feedback from the community and park users on proposed improvements to the outdoor multi-use ball wall at Concord Community Park. Click here to participate in this Ball Wall Survey


The City of Concord is celebrating spooky season with a Pumpkin Contest! Community members can submit pictures of their carved or painted pumpkin to events@cityofconcord.org by October 26. More info here!

Pumpkin Contest

Upcoming Blood Drive

Blood Drives

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