The Granville Athletic Park at the Jonesland Environmental Preserve is located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford. The park is the result of many groups’ efforts to use land donated by the Jonesland Board of Directors and funds earmarked by the Tourism Development Authority to develop a state of-the-art facility that includes both active and passive recreation opportunities. The Park was funded by a State of North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant, a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant, and general obligation (GO) bond financing. The debt service on the GO debt is being repaid through occupancy tax revenues provided by the Granville County Tourism Development Authority.
The park includes three regulation-size and five youth-size soccer fields. Field sizes range from 50×80 yards, 40×60 yards, and 40×30 yards. All fields may be modified to World Cup regulation size of 120×70 yards.
The park has two regulation sized baseball fields for high school and middle school baseball, including permanent mounds and Bermudagrass infields. There are three youth size baseball fields to fit ages 12 & under. Two of the fields are Bermudagras infields and one is a skinned infield that can be modified for fast pitch softball and T-ball.
All fields are 419 Tifway Bermudagrass. Fields 1-4 have lighting; Field 5 does not have lights.
Two multipurpose fields, a sports pavilion, an amphitheater, a water spray park, paved walking trails, wetlands and forestry educational areas, and other amenities round-out your GAP experience.
The park is open from dawn to dusk each day.
For the safety of our patrons, a lightning detection system monitors the park and surrounding areas for electrical storms. The horns will typically sound 20 minutes prior to the approaching storm. Patrons should seek immediate shelter within buildings and/or cars. Three short horns will go off when it is safe to go back outside