Parks & Facilities Update

(updated January 30, 2024):

The Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park will be used as an early voting location for the 2024 Primary Election. This means that the gym will be closed from February 14, 2024 through March 5, 2024. We will resume our regular schedule on March 6, 2024. If you have any questions, please call our office at (704) 735-2671.


Highland Drive Park:

Highland Drive Park Redevelopment Project 

Our new parking lot and playground are now complete! Click here to view the concept design for the new playground.

Shelter

Reservation requests for the shelter at Highland Drive Park for 2024 is now open. Reservations will be for May 28th - October 30 (some dates may be excluded). To submit a shelter reservation request and view the availability calendar for this shelter, please click here. For assistance with submitting a shelter reservation request, please call the Parks & Recreation Department office (704-735-2671) during regular office hours. When the shelter is not reserved, it will remain available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that the shelter bathrooms will NOT be unlocked for your use and the shelter will remain open to the general public for use. The bathrooms at the concession stand building will remain unlocked and available for use during regular park hours.


Lentz Recreation Center & Gym: 

Effective March 6, 2024, our open-gym program schedule will be as follows:

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**Open-gym schedule is subject to change at any time due to staffing and/or other scheduling issues.

The daily open-gym admission fee for adult non-city limits residents (ages 18-54) is $2.00. There is no open-gym admission fee for all kids (ages 17 & under), adult city limits residents (ages 18-54), and all senior adults (ages 55 & over). Membership ID cards are required to enter the gym. Membership ID cards are made inside the gym lobby at the front desk -- an adult must be present to register a minor. ID cards are free for all kids (ages 17 & under), adult city limits residents (ages 18-54), and all senior adults (ages 55 & over). All adult non-city limits residents (ages 18-54) must pay a one-time ID card fee of $5.00. If an ID card becomes lost or stolen, there is a $5.00 replacement fee (no age or residency discounts available). For more information on Membership ID cards, please click here

Please note: We are currently unable to accept card payments at our office. All in-person payments should be made using cash or check only. 


Betty G Ross Park:

Sand Volleyball Court

Our sand volleyball court in the green space near the outdoor courts, pool, and softball field is now open! 

Playground Areas

There are two playground areas at Betty G Ross Park. 

The playground near the kayak launch has: 1 spiral slide and 2 regular swings. 

The playground area near the shelter has: 2 early childhood swings/T-swings and 4 regular swings, a horizontal loop ladder set, 1 spiral climber, and 1 early childhood slide; The larger, blue spiral slide is closed at this time due to a damaged platform

Shelter

Reservation requests for the shelter at Betty G Ross Park for 2024 is now open. Reservations will be for April 1 - October 30 (some dates may be excluded). To submit a shelter reservation request and view the availability calendar for this shelter, please click here. For assistance with submitting a shelter reservation request, please call the Parks & Recreation Department office (704-735-2671) during regular office hours. When the shelter is not reserved, it will remain available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that the shelter bathrooms will NOT be unlocked for your use and the shelter will remain open to the general public for use. The bathrooms at the concession stand building will remain unlocked and available for use during regular park hours.

Outdoor Courts

The outdoor basketball, pickleball, and tennis courts at Betty G Ross Park are open every day from 6:30a - 10:00p. Court lights will turn off at 10:00p each night when the park closes to the public. Visitors to these facilities should bring their own equipment.

Disc Golf Course & Nature Trail

The disc golf course and nature trail are available for use during regular park hours. Disc golf players should bring their own equipment. Please do not litter and throw trash away in appropriate trash receptacles. 

Kayak Launch & Fishing Pier 

The Kayak Launch and the Fishing Pier at Betty G Ross Park are open. Due to erosion from flooding in the area, we advise all visitors to use EXTREME caution when near the river bank.


Motz Avenue Dog Park: 

The Motz Avenue Dog Park is now open to the public! For more information on the Dog Park, please visit the Motz Avenue Dog Park page!


Splash Pad at First Federal Park: 

The splash pad is currently closed for the 2023 season. 


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