2015 New Year’s Eve After Action Report
The 2015 New Year’s Eve celebration, hosted by Ally Bank and Charlotte Center City Partners, was deemed to be a lively and incident-free event with approximately 5,000 people in attendance. Charlotte Center City Partners indicates that 2015 crowd numbers exceeded numbers from 2013, the last time the event was held in Romare Bearden Park.
Expecting larger than normal crowds in Uptown, City Manager Ron Carlee declared the New Year’s Eve celebration an Extraordinary Event to meet increased service demands. The following departments/agencies provided these event-related updates:
CharMeck 311 did not extend operational hours for New Year’s Eve and will be closed Jan. 1. Residents can report water, sewer, storm water and animal emergencies via an automated service that dispatches assistances.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
- There was light pedestrian traffic at the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC), and some delays due to traffic.
LYNX Blue Line
- CATS operated two-car trains every 10 minutes starting at 10 p.m. There were large crowds at the CTC and Third Street station platforms around midnight. Extra trips were made to accommodate residents.
Ridership numbers currently are not available.
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
To help manage the large scale event Uptown, CDOT staffed the Traffic Management Center to monitor traffic conditions throughout the event and make adjustments as needed to keep traffic flowing. Electronic message boards were utilized for traffic entering the Uptown area alerting drivers of increased traffic volume.
Prior to the event, CDOT included information in the weekly Street Use and Event Notice (SUN) providing event details, street closures and contact information. CDOT also utilized social media prior to and during the event to provide traffic updates and safety messages.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Fire Department (CFD), Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and MEDIC partnered to determine service needs, coordinating ground activity from the CMPD command center.
Command center staff reported the following event information:
- CMPD officers with the Central Division, Civil Emergency Unit and other specialized units were deployed in the Uptown area. All other patrol divisions were fully staffed to respond to an expected increase in calls for service on New Year’s Eve and the early hours of New Year’s Day. There were no reported significant events that occurred in the Uptown area or within the other 12 patrol divisions. There were no adult or juvenile arrests recorded in the footprint of the New Year’s Eve celebration during the hours the command center was operational.
- CFD staged mobile support inside the barricaded area at Romare Bearden Park and the NC Music Factory to provide fast EMS response to incidents.
- MEDIC did not report any extraordinary activity.
Solid Waste Services
Crews collected litter outside of the main event sites at Romare Bearden Park and within normal light rail cleanup locations. Cleanup of these areas was completed by 2 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Overall, this event was deemed to be a success, and the City of Charlotte will continue to work with partnering agencies and organizations to determine the level of support provided for large scale events in Uptown Charlotte.