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Parks & Recreation in Creedmoor

CITY OF CREEDMOOR

The City of Creedmoor is located in southern Granville County approximately 25 miles north of Downtown Raleigh.  The population is estimated to be approximately 4,300 residents; growing significantly from the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census at a monumental 84.8% growth rate.  This rate is roughly ten times higher than the county’s growth rate of 8.1% during the same period. Historically, the city was a community-based farming community.  Today, Creedmoor is a growing community and a location of choice for residents and businesses due to its rural setting, proximity to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, and deep sense of community. 

In 2007, Creedmoor received national recognition when they were designated as a “Playful City USA” community. They were the first City in North Carolina to receive the designation, and have continued to be designated each year since.  The “Playful City” guidelines offer a model which communities can follow to promote recreation. In 2012, this focus increased exponentially when City Commissioners approved the formation of an official Parks and Recreation Department. Their first assignment was to complete a long range plan for recreation throughout the City.   

The Creedmoor Parks & Recreation Department provided the following information for its inventory:

Creedmoor Gymnasium and Activity Center

 Park Type:  Special Use Park

Location:  108 Wilton Avenue (Hwy 56), Creedmoor

Size:  8,500 sq ft. (maximum 100 persons)

Facilities:  Gymnasium & Activity Center, Bathrooms

The gymnasium originally belonged to Creedmoor High School before it burned down in 1971. The numerous programs now offered include Open Gym Basketball, First Fridays in Creedmoor (alternating family, game, & movie nights on the first Friday of every month), senior center activities, and various community/civic group activities such as family reunions and birthday parties. It contains tables, chairs, basketballs, basketball poles, scoreboard, and bleachers. There is one main parking area, an overflow parking area, and sidewalk access from the neighboring residential, institutional, and business districts. 

 

Battle C. Roberts Ball Field

 Park Type: Special Use Park

Location: 108 Wilton Avenue (Hwy 56), Creedmoor

Size: 4.1 acres

Facilities: Ball Fields

The ball fields are primarily utilized by local teams and leagues for baseball, softball, and football practice.  Other uses include summer day camps and community/civic group activities such as family reunions and birthday parties. There are 2 small ball fields with fencing, dug-outs, a concession stand, restrooms, and bleachers. There is one main parking area, an overflow parking area, and sidewalk access from the neighboring residential, institutional, and business districts.  

  

Lake Rogers Park

 Park Type: Community Park

Location:  1711 Lake Road (Hwy 56), Creedmoor

Size:  5 acres

Facilities: Concession stand, restrooms, picnic shelters, picnic tables, boat launch, fishing pier, boat dock, pedal boat and canoe rentals, small boat rentals, playground, swing-set, and grassy open space.

Lake Rogers is a 175-acre lake owned by the City of Creedmoor that was once its main water supply. Today the lake is used solely for recreational activities that include fishing and boating options.  Sitting adjacent to the lake is Lake Rogers Park which affords residents and visitors open space for general leisure activities. There are four (4) covered picnic shelters with outdoors grills, and two large play spaces featuring a play-set and swings. The park stays busy throughout the week with quick and easy access from Highway 56 and exit 191 off I-85.

 

“Harris Park” at Pecan Hill

 Park Type: Neighborhood/Mini Park

Location: 415 Watson Street (Pecan Hill Neighborhood), Creedmoor

Size: .41 acres

Facilities: Shelter rentals, horseshoe rentals, playground, and grassy open space

Harris Park provides residents of this older, established community a safe place for their children to gather and play.  Harris Park boasts a covered picnic shelter, a play-set for 5-12 year olds, swing set, a horseshoe pit, and both covered and uncovered seating. The park is conveniently located in the heart of the Pecan Hill Community and is in close proximity to the Christian Faith Center, a community church and licensed private school in Creedmoor.

 

 “The Gauntlet”

Park Type:  Fitness & Walking Trail

Location:  2186 Brassfield Road, Creedmoor

Size:  1.1 miles (on 78.6 Acres)

Facilities:  Natural trail and fitness stations

Officially opened in April 2016, The Gauntlet is a 1.1 mile natural walking trail outfitted with eleven fitness stations designed for hikers to challenge themselves with a workout along the way.  The trail is ideally suited for the 76.8-acre site, acquired by the City of Creedmoor in 2011 with funds provided by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative as part of an overall, basin-wide effort to conserve land in close proximity to Falls Lake for wildlife corridor protection and natural water quality improvement.

 

Cross City Trail (Phase 1)

 Park Type:  Sidewalk

Location:  NC-56 from Downtown Creedmoor extending eastward to the Creedmoor Commons Shopping Center (Food Lion)

Length:  1.5 miles

Facilities:  5’ Concrete Sidewalk

 A grant award from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program was utilized along with matching funds from the City to fund this sidewalk that connects the downtown district with the recreational, institutional, residential, and business districts on the eastern side of the city. It is the first phase of a 5-phase project in Creedmoor and was completed in 2013. 

Visit the City of Creedmoor’s Parks & Rec site here

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