Thursday April 02, 2020

Memories pour in for 'iconic' Frank Liske Park barn

Some of the most memorable times in Jack Rule's life happened in and around the barn at Frank Liske Park. He grew up vising the park. His wedding reception was held there. And for the past decade, he's tended to the place as a park ranger for Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks.

"It's hard to really put into words what it means to me," Rule said.

And after the barn burned last week, he now he knows how much it meant to so many others.

"After this happened, I've had a lot of people call me at home and reflect on their experiences out here," he said. They remembered the anniversary parties. The weddings. The family reunions. "It's just an iconic landmark of this park. So many people, the first thing they wanted to see at the park was that barn. It's a treasured landmark."

That was evident by the hundreds of comments on the Facebook account of the fire.

" ... a lot of memories of that barn and the lake not far from it. I hope they will rebuild a part of history of Cabarrus County that we (those of us over 50) can still remember," said David Moretz.

"My husband and I were married in the upper section of the barn. I can't believe this happened," said Jillian Goodwin.

"I was a baby the first time I was there. I grew playing there and fishing below the barn," said Sherry Simpson.

Cabarrus County Commissioners will hear an update on on the barn at the April 6 work session, scheduled for 4 p.m.

The fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at 704-920-3000.

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