DAVIDSON – Town Day on May 5 began with some competitive runs around Davidson to benefit Community School of Davidson and then featured a full day of entertainment, activities and information blended with multiple opportunities to serve.

The annual event, based on the Town Green but encompassing the entire downtown area, combined the annual Spartan Half Marathon and 5K with the weekly Farmers Market, plus added food, music, games, service agency sign-up opportunities, town information booths and community service projects.

The event is a traditional celebration of Davidson’s focus on community service. This year, in addition to tents and booths sharing information about dozens of service organizations, Town Day also provided the opportunity for community residents to learn more about in-progress projects.

A large display in the Town Green tent village included tentative plans about the development of Bailey Springs Park. Residents had the opportunity to discuss the project with Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz and other town representatives and submit ideas about the new park’s amenities.

In an adjoining space, Alta Planning official Wade Walker and town staff members gave Town Day participants a chance to learn more about the town’s comprehensive mobility plan effort. The next steps in that study include a Thursday, May 10, presentation at 6 p.m. at Davidson United Methodist Church and a three-day public charrette, May 22-24, at town hall.

The North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers organization also had a prominent display area at Town Day, and conducted a raffle for a large gift basket to raise funds for its program. The nonprofit organization, which relies on contributions from individuals and businesses to continue its crime-fighting efforts, works with the Cornelius, Davidson, Davidson College and Huntersville police departments and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to give residents a way to provide information about criminal activity. To make donations or learn more, visit www.northmeckcrimestoppers.org.

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