About the North Ward

Diversity best describes North Ward. Here you will find recreation, affordable housing, schools, entertainment and a variety of restaurants and shopping areas.

Council Member Denise D. Adams represents North Ward residents on the City Council.

For many years the North Ward was synonymous with the tobacco industry. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company built its sprawling Whitaker Park facility here in 1961 and later built its world headquarters across the street.

The building is now owned by Wake Forest University and is known as University Corporate Center. This 525-thousand square-foot facility lists Aon Consulting, BB&T, and Pepsi as tenants.

Another of the city's top employers, Hanesbrands which manufactures Hanes Leggs, Playtex, and other designer hosiery brands, has a major manufacturing plant on Hanes Mill Road. 

Community services including a branch of the YMCA, Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina, and Senior Services. The Industries for the Blind are here too, as well as Blue Rhino, and the central administrative offices of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

On Museum Drive just off Hanes Mill Road is SciWorks, were visitors of all ages enjoy interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs in spacious exhibits halls. Sciworks is supported by the City and County, and through private donations.

North Ward residents are served by the Martin Luther King Community Recreation Center and Kimberly Park Pool, and Brown and Douglas Neighborhood Recreation Center on Indiana Avenue. 
The Hanes Hosiery Center on Reynolds Boulevard was torn down and a new recreation center has been built on the site. The ballfields at Hanes have a sports history that reaches back 75 years.

Other recreation facilities in the ward include Piney Grove Park and the soccer fields at Hine Park. Historic Bethabara Park is also in the north ward.

Schools in the North Ward include Paisley and Northwest Middle Schools, and North Hills, Kimberly Park, and Julian Gibson Elementary School.

The city-owned Woodland Cemetery is off Indiana Avenue. It was first used in 1905. The narrow paths reflect its original layout to accommodate horse-drawn carriages.

The city's solid waste landfill and recycling area is just off U S 52. Here the city disposes of more than two hundred thousand tons of waste annually.

The city's newest fire station in the North Ward on Rural Hall-Bethania Road. It is named for the Koger family, one of several prominent African-American families who lived in this area after the Civil War.

If one area of our city could be called the entertainment capital, it would be here in North Ward ...home of the Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Complex. The main coliseum along with the annex, fairgrounds education building host a wide variety of events during the year from basketball and concerts to ice skating and craft and trade shows. In the fall, everyone comes to the Dixie Classic Fair.

Across Deacon Boulevard is Wake Forest's Grove Stadium. Next to it, the old Ernie Shore baseball stadium is home field for the Demon Deacon baseball team. Soon they will be joined by a new tennis complex.

Extensive landscaping along University Parkway makes an attractive corridor between downtown and the Coliseum complex.

Almost out of place to downtown is the open and tranquil field of the Methodist Children's Home. When it opened in 1909, it was one of the largest farms in the area. Today it remains true to its historical mission of caring for children, through a variety of residential and day programs.

In North Ward there is an abundance of affordable housing. Gateway Commons, along Northwest Boulevard, is a mixed housing development that replaced the old Kimberly Park Terrace public housing and offers affordable apartments and single-family homes. Farther out, subdivisions such as Moravian Forest and Mallard Lakes bring country living to the city.

Comfortable retirement settings such as the Moravian Home are also here.... away from the hustle of the commercial areas.

All this is the North Ward....a proud and vibrant part of Winston-Salem.

A look at City Government - North Ward [video]

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