Parks and Recreation offers services valued by the local community. As Fayetteville and Cumberland County grow, FCPR continues to seek out new ways to better serve its citizens.
Improvements to existing parks in Eastover, Falcon, Godwin, Stedman and Wade are well underway. This includes upgrades to basketball and tennis courts, restrooms, batting cages and fields. These park improvements also include benches, grills, picnic tables and picnic shelters.
The new Linden Little River Park broke ground in August 2015 and is expected to fully open by Fall. Located in scenic downtown Linden, this new park features a walking trail, picnic shelter, horseshoe and bocce courts. Also included is a large playground for youth.
In mid-July the City opened its third aquatics facility, located adjacent to the College Lakes Recreation Center. The Keith A. Bates, Sr. Pool includes both a lap pool and a leisure pool. The location also features a water slide, concession area and family changing rooms.
In late May the City’s first dedicated Mountain Biking Trail was opened near downtown. The trail, beginning approximately one mile north of Clark Park, runs parallel to the Cape Fear River Trail for roughly three miles. The trail consists of flowing turns and some rolls to provide variety in terrain for active bikers. Open from 8am to dusk, the Cape Fear Mountain Biking Trail is a great addition to the current amenities at Clark Park.
This past March citizens supported a Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum, designed to increase the amenities and programming available to residents. With the passing of this bond referendum, citizens will be able to look forward to upgrades to existing parks and recreation facilities as well as the development of new facilities. The first phase of Bond Projects, which citizens will see come to fruition over the next 24 months, includes a Senior Center, Downtown Skate Park, Existing Park Improvements and Splash Pads.
Information and Input Meetings, open to the general public, will be scheduled soon to allow for citizen input as each of the intended Bond Projects moves forward. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @parksrecreation and “Like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on scheduled meetings!
Director, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation