The centerpiece of Frank Liske Park, affectionately known as “The Barn,” holds a special place in the hearts of Cabarrus County park-goers. Originally a dairy barn utilized by students at the Stonewall Jackson Training School, it has undergone a remarkable transformation.
It has witnessed countless joyous occasions throughout the years. Picnics, reunions, weddings, showers, and business meetings have all found a home within its welcoming walls. Unfortunately, tragedy struck on March 26, 2020—the day The Barn succumbed to a devastating fire. Countless calls and emails flooded in, each sharing stories of heartfelt memories from families who gathered there year after year to celebrate important milestones.
Knowing this was an important piece of Cabarrus County, officials decided to rebuild The Barn. Construction of the new Barn started in the Fall of 2022.
The updated Barn includes a restroom and a warming kitchen on both levels, an elevator, larger picnic sheds on each side, along with audiovisual capabilities on the upper level.
The two-story 12,700-square-foot building is planned for a Summer 2023 opening.
Park officials are now taking facility reservations for September 2023 and forward, according to Joshua Coffman, Active Living and Parks (ALP) senior parks program manager. Visitors can reserve up to one year in advance. To make a reservation visit www.cabarruscounty.us/alp and click “Reserve a Facility.”
👟👟 This Saturday! Frank Liske Park is hosting the Silo Sprint 5K (formerly the June Bug 5k). Last year they celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Park and this year they are celebrating the resurrection of the Barn! They are also offering a Fun Run/Walk before the 5K for kids and those who do not wish to run a 5K.
Use this special discount code when registering! WALK2023 (provides $2.00 off)
Planning to visit? Tell ’em Cabarrus Weekly sent ya!