Thousands Ring in 2017 in Uptown Charlotte

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 1, 2017) – 2017 began in Charlotte with a successful celebration of the New Year. ​

City of Charlotte departments worked together to ensure everyone had a safe environment in which to celebrate New Year's Eve, whether the celebrations were in the center city or in other parts of Charlotte. There were no arrests or major incidents reported during operational hours specifically related to the New Year's Eve event. 

Celebrations were scheduled in Uptown at Romare Bearden Park, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, as well as several other nearby venues. In anticipation of larger-than normal crowds in Uptown, City Manager Marcus D. Jones declared the CLT New Year's Eve celebration an Extraordinary Event.

Public Safety
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Fire Department (CFD), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office and MEDIC partnered to determine service needs and coordinating ground activity from the CMPD command center.

Command Center staff reported the following event information:

  • CFD staged ATV units at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the AvidXchange Music Factory, the Epicenter/Transit Center area, the intersection of Fifth and Church streets, and Romare Bearden Park to provide fast EMS response. ATVs responded to multiple medical calls throughout the night;
  • CFD Fire Prevention performed code enforcement and overcrowding checks at Uptown bars and restaurants. Fire Prevention also inspected firework shows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Romare Bearden Park, Ballantyne Resort and Carmel Country Club;
  • CMPD 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;
  • CMPD reported no significant events occurred in the uptown area or the other 12 patrol divisions; and
  • There were no arrests recorded during operational hours specifically related to the event. 

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

To help manage this large-scale event Uptown, CDOT staffed the Traffic Management Center and helped staff the City of Charlotte Command Center to monitor traffic conditions throughout the event and make adjustments as needed to keep traffic flowing. Electronic message boards were used 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.

Solid Waste Services (SWS)

All crews assigned to New Year's Eve event clean-up were cleared and released by approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 1.

SWS reported the following staffing measures to ensure a quick, efficient cleanup:

  • Solid Waste crews placed 50 trash boxes and 50 recycle streamers on the perimeter of Romare Bearden Park in the city right-of-way to collect additional litter and trash;
  • Crews placed 50 trash boxes and 25 recycling streamers around the NASCAR Hall of Fame;
  • SWS collection trucks (packers) were placed on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Brevard Street to accommodate additional trash;
  • Five additional SWS employees were assigned to collect litter and additional trash generated from the NASCAR Hall of Fame event;
  • Five additional employees were assigned to Litter Control covering the perimeter of Romare Bearden Park in the city right-of-way; and
  • An additional crew consisting of three employees was assigned to light rail cleanup. 


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