Salisbury, Maryland To Host National Folk Festival, 2018 – 2020

Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that Salisbury has been named the official 2018 – 2020 National Folk Festival Host City. Salisbury was among 34 cities nationwide that competed for the honor of hosting the nation’s preeminent traveling celebration of traditional arts and culture for a three-year stay in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The City of Salisbury and the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) made the announcement today at a press event in Downtown Salisbury. The Festival will begin its three-year stay in Salisbury in September of 2018.

The prestigious National Folk Festival is the nation’s longest-running traditional arts event: a three-day, free, outdoor, multicultural celebration of music, dance and traditional arts and culture, which historically draws upwards of 150,000 attendees, along with an economic impact of approximately $30 million a year. Read more

2018 SBY Marathon

Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that the City will host the first SBY Marathon on Saturday, April 28, 2018. In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles in the community and showcase both the City’s natural and revitalized beauty, Salisbury and its partners have developed a 26.2-mile course which is ideal for runners looking to set a PR—almost completely flat.17884205_783660178449925_364244395661384583_n

The race will begin at the City Park and make its way along the Urban Greenway, and then out to the pastoral countryside just outside City limits. After making a quick pass through Salisbury University, the course will follow Riverside Drive for a flat, straight out-and-back. The runners will make their final push along Camden Ave., before ultimately crossing the finish in the heart of Downtown Salisbury. A post-race celebration featuring live music and local craft beer will be held at Headquarters Live!

Mayor Day said, “Salisbury is home to a vibrant, enthusiastic community of runners who have a ton of options for 5k races, 10k races, even a beloved 10-miler with the Tim Kennard. A marathon in Salisbury is the ultimate draw—not just for local runners, but anyone who might be looking for a fast course. And this is a fast course. So fast, in fact, that we are working right now to get the SBY Marathon certified as a Boston Qualifier.

“The potential for tourism impact is massive. I’m excited to announce yet another event which will bring people into our beautiful city to stay in our hotels, shop our stores and boutiques, and eat in our restaurants.”

Walk Salisbury

Due to continued cleanup efforts in the City Park as a result of last week’s storm, the Walk Salisbury event scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. has been postponed until Wednesday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 410-548-3100.

Waterside Park Upgrades

Waterside Park will soon be receiving some much needed upgrades.  The first will be restored basketball courts, thanks to a State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space grant of $90,000.  Secondly, a new gazebo, picnic tables, landscaping, mulch, and paint will be donated by Salisbury Lowe’s, at a value of $3,500.  Thank you Mayor & Council for approving the grant and donation.

City Dedicated Janice A. Cook Memorial Tennis Courts

Recently the City dedicated the public tennis courts in the Salisbury City Park in honor of local tennis enthusiast and community stalwart, the late Janice A. Cook.

For over 30 years, Janice Cook was a fixture on the City’s tennis courts. Her passion for the sport kept her playing into her 70’s. Mrs. Cook received her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and her graduate degree in in Library Science from Syracuse University in New York. She tenniswas married in 1950 to her husband of 59 years, Col. Robert Winfield Cook, USA (Ret.) Bob Cook is well-known and respected throughout the community as the founder of the Greater Salisbury Committee, a mentor to local youths, and a volunteer member of various boards and committees.

“Mrs. Cook, and the Cook family are part of Salisbury history. The family’s connection to the Camden neighborhood, the Greater Salisbury Committee, and the public tennis courts in the City Park is synonymous. Mrs. Cook was an integral part of all these things, and that is why we honor her today,” said Mayor Ireton.

In May, Salisbury Public Works completed the placement and upgrade of the City Park’s existing tennis court lights with 16 new metal halide units.