Parks & Recreation

Overview of Projects

  • Bethania-Rural Hall Road Pocket Park: $1,000,000
  • Carl H. Russell Community Center Renovation: $1,160,000
  • Easton Park Restrooms: $500,000
  • Georgetown Neighborhood Pocket Park: $800,000
  • Hanes Park Improvements - Phase II: $2,000,000
  • Hobby Park: $400,000
  • Park Land Acquisition and Park Development: $1,000,000
  • Playground Renovations: $1,660,000
  • Quarry Park Development - Phase II: $3,100,000
  • Recreation and Parks Facility Renewal: $6,380,000
  • Salem Lake Park Improvements - Phase II: $3,700,000
  • Strollway Renovations: $1,000,000
  • Washington Park Renovations: $2,500,000
  • William R. Anderson Jr. Gym Renovation: $500,000
  • Winston Lake Park Improvements - Phase II: $5,300,000
  • Total: $31,000,000

Recreation & Parks Facility Renewal: $6.38 Million

Property and Facilities Management has performed facility condition assessments on all recreation facilities and has established a schedule for:

  • Miscellaneous maintenance
  • Painting
  • Renewal of interior finishes
  • Replacement and repair of electrical and lighting systems
  • Replacement of heating and air conditioning systems
  • Replacement of roofs

Improvements & Upgrades

Along with general facility renewal, this project would also include needed maintenance, improvements and upgrades to the following amenities throughout the city:

  • Basketball courts
  • Lighting
  • Pools
  • Security
  • Tennis courts

Winston Lake Park Improvements - Phase II: $5.3 Million

This project provides for further development of Winston Lake Park following Phase I renovations and improvements that were funded with the 2014 bonds. Proposed amenities and improvements in Phase II include a lakefront strollway, lake dredging and dam repairs, improved fishing facilities including a fishing pier and fishing pavilion with restrooms, and pedestrian improvements.

Salem Lake Park Improvements - Phase II: $3.7 Million

Phase I of renovations and improvements to Salem Lake Park was funded with the 2014 bonds and included a new Marina Center, restrooms, parking improvements and playground. Proposed improvements and amenities funded in Phase II include renovating the shoreline bulkhead, rebuilding the boat ramp, adding kayak storage and boat slips, and building a picnic shelter near the playground.

Quarry Park Development - Phase II: $3.1 Million

This project provides for further development of the new Quarry Park built with the 2014 bonds. Proposed amenities for Phase II include a playground, picnic shelters, pedestrian infrastructure and expanding and paving the parking lot.

Washington Park Renovations: $2.5 Million

A master plan was recently completed for Washington Park. The proposed funding of $2,500,000 would finance renovations to the basketball court and adjacent fitness area, replacing the restrooms, restoring historic infrastructure and shelters, building new concrete pedestrian paths and adding a picnic pavilion.

Hanes Park Improvements - Phase II: $2 Million

Funds for this project would allow completion of the second phase of improvements to Hanes Park. Phase I is currently underway. Phase II would include renovating the Joe White Tennis Center and the hard- and soft-surface tennis courts, resurfacing the track and constructing an overlook along Hawthorne Road.

Playground Renovations: $1.66 Million

This project would provide replacements and upgrades for playgrounds in select parks. Playgrounds are replaced based on annual safety assessments, condition of the equipment and overall usage. Potential parks could include Reynolds, Skyland, Lockland and Bolton.

Carl H. Russell Community Center Renovation: $1.16 Million

The Carl H. Russell Community Center opened in 1987 and was North Carolina's first community center with gigabit internet access. Over time, increased demand for quality rental space and issues related to deferred maintenance have driven the need to make several upgrades/repairs to the community center. This project would provide funding for renovation of Carl H. Russell Community Center and could serve as a model for similar renovations across the city.

Proposed renovations include new paint and updated interior lighting. Outdoor renovations could include exterior lighting improvements, improved accessibility, security improvements and several landscaping improvements around the community center.

Park Land Acquisition & Park Development: $1 Million

This project would create a reserve fund to be used exclusively for future acquisition of land that could be developed into future park land and open space. Funding would be available for sites throughout the city.

Bethania-Rural Hall Pocket Park: $1 Million

This project would create a neighborhood park to fill an unmet need in the Bethania Freedman's Community along Bethania-Rural Hall Road, adjacent to Fire Station 20. The park could include a gazebo, picnic tables, walking path and benches.

Strollway Renovations: $1 Million

The Strollway provides a pedestrian and bike connection between downtown and the Salem Creek Greenway. The Strollway was completed 30 years ago, and its current condition presents several hazards to users. This project would include resurfacing and minor bridge repair.

Georgetown Pocket Park: $800,000

This project would create a neighborhood park to fill an unmet need in the Georgetown neighborhood in the North Ward. Park amenities would include a playground and benches.

William R. Anderson Jr. Gym Renovation: $500,000

The William R. Anderson Jr. Recreation Center gymnasium is heavily used. After successive resurfacings of the gymnasium floor over the years, the floor has reached the point where it cannot be resurfaced further. This project would pay for replacing the gym floor and new, expanded spectator seating.

Easton Park Restrooms: $500,000

Funding for this project would provide for the construction of new restrooms at Easton Park.

Hobby Park: $400,000