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Charlotte, NC Parks Guide

One of the most pleasant places to live in the United States is at Charlotte, NC. As the largest city in North Carolina, and the seat of Mecklenburg County, it has a large population as well as a wide variety of houses and entertainment facilities. One of these amenities is the many parks the city contains. In all, the city has a total of 210 parks and facilities with over 17,600 acres of parkland. These parks vary from small, neighborhood parks to those with a large number of acres.

Average park hours are:

  • Park gates open by 7:30 am
  • They are open from sunrise to sunset
  • Those with ball field or tennis courts that have lighted facilities may stay open unto 10:30 pm or for the length of a reservation.

These parks are outstanding in their design and the amenities they offer. They are especially designed to accommodate children who need walkers, wheelchairs and other equipment, as well as those in good health. All equipment is designed with safety in mind.

Charlotte Parks

FREEDOM PARK (Rates five stars)

  • 1900 East Blvd, Dilworth Neighborhood
  • Phone (704) 432-4280)

One of the most popular parks in the Charlotte, this is a 98 acre public park is located right in the center of the city. It offers four baseball diamonds, two batting cages, a basketball court, four soccer fields, dozens of tennis courts volleyball courts, and two playgrounds. There is also a seven-acre lake, numerous picnic areas, an amphitheater and miles of walking paths and trails. In addition, there is a 70-seat banquet hall, Park Band shell, a Mathlon Adams Pavilion and many other attractions.

McALPINE CREEK PARK (Rates five stars)

  • 8711 Monroe Road, Stonehaven Neighborhood
  • Phone (704) 568-4044

This park offers 114 acres with numerous trails for walking as well as a 3-acre lake for fishing. In addition, it offers a fishing pier, horseshoes, picnicking, a 2-mile bike trail, five soccer fields, outdoor fitness center, a self-service recycling center and a 5K championship cross-country course. It is also an off-leash dog park.


  • 6220 Park Road – Closeburn-Glenkirk Neighborhood
  • Phone: (707) 643-3405

This is a 122-acre urban park, with 36 tennis facilities, which includes 12 lighted courts. A children’s Fall Fun Fest is held in this park each year. It also has five Picnic Shelters, two horseshoe pits, eight basketball courts, six baseball fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and an eleven-acre lake. Their tennis courts are considered the best in Carolina.


  • 6000 Statesville Road – Slater Road Neighborhood
  • Phone: (704) 336-8866

Located on 197 acres, there are four lighted softball/baseball fields, three soccer fields (two lighted), horseshoe pits, 18 hold disc golf course and three shuffleboard courses. There are also lighted picnic shelters, trails, three playgrounds, free spray ground and a concession stand. Picnic reservations are available.


Located at Nevin Park (6000 Statesville Road), Cordelia park (2100 North Davidson Street), Latta Park (601 East Park Avenue), Veterans Park (2136 Central Avenue) and West Charlotte Recreation Center (2400 Kendall Drive). Further information regarding these locations can be found by phoning (704) 336-3854 or on the Internet at

  • These parks have nozzles, spouts and sprays that children can run through and have fun. In addition, many locations also have playgrounds next door for extended play.


The parks in Charlotte are free and under the direction of the Mecklenburg County Parks (Phone: (704) 332-2432). In addition to the above parks, they have several water spray and dog parks. Summer camps are offered at $100 per week and all playground equipment is for children with various abilities. Artists find these areas especially attractive with their shade trees and excellent facilities. Also available is the Carolina Raptor Center and an several Equestrian Centers. The Equestrian Centers have trails, show grounds, guided trails, instructors and lighted arenas. The hours and prices differ at each center.