Parks & Facilities Update

(updated November 30, 2022):

Lentz Recreation Center & Gym: 

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 12, 2022 - FEBRUARY 28, 2023: All weekday  (Monday-Friday) open-gym programs and racquetball court use will end at 5:00pm for the duration of our Winter Volleyball League. 

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 7, 2023 - FEBRUARY 28, 2023: All weekend (Saturday-Sunday) open-gym programs and racquetball court use will be temporarily unavailable for the duration of our Winter Volleyball League. 

The current Lentz Recreation Center Gym program schedule can be found below:
Click here to download and view the Lentz Recreation Center Open-Gym Program Schedule.


The open-gym fee for non-city limits residents (ages 18-54) is $2. There is no open-gym fee for city limits residents, all kids 17 & under, all adults 55 & over, and members of the military. Membership ID cards are required to enter the gym. Membership ID cards are made inside of the gym lobby at the front desk (adult must be present to register a minor). ID cards are free for city limits residents and $5 for non-city limits residents. For more information on Membership ID cards, please click here

We are now accepting racquetball court reservations! Please call our office (704-735-2671) to make your court reservation. The racquetball courts will be available for reservation on the following days and times (subject to change):

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays  |  9:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesdays & Fridays  |  9:00a - 5:00p
  • Saturdays  |  2:00p - 5:00p

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 2022 season. The splash pad will re-open for the 2023 season on May 1st. 

Park Shelters:

We will begin accepting shelter reservation requests for both the shelter at Betty G Ross Park and the shelter at Highland Drive Park for the 2023 season on January 1, 2023 (available April 1 - October 30, some dates may be excluded)! To submit a shelter reservation request and view the availability calendar for each location, please CLICK HERE! To submit a shelter reservation request, you will be required to create a CivicRec account (if you have not already done so). For more information on creating a CivicRec account, please see our Rec1 User Accounts page or call the Parks & Recreation Department office (704-735-2671). 

When a shelter is not reserved, it will remain 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.)

Outdoor Courts at Betty G Ross Park: 

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


The playgrounds are open; however, some playground equipment may be closed for maintenance. 

Parks, Trails, & Green Space:

All of our parks, trails, and green space are open. 

Kayak Launch & Fishing Pier at Betty G Ross Park:

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

Public Restrooms at Parks:

Public restrooms remain open (except for those at park shelters) during regular park hours. Please follow all posted signage regarding any capacity restrictions, and we strongly encourage bringing your own hand sanitizer. 

We would like to encourage anyone who visits our parks and facilities to practice social distancing and good hygiene. Our staff would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this time. 

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