- Parks & Recreation
Parks & Facilities Update
(updated March 16, 2023):
Highland Drive Park:
Highland Drive Park Redevelopment Project
A new parking lot will be constructed in the area surrounding the existing park shelter during the spring/summer of 2023. The parking lot will replace the old playground, which was directly adjacent to the shelter - the playground will remain closed to the public for safety purposes until construction begins and all of the equipment is removed. A new playground will be constructed further along the paved trail in the park (the estimated completion date is the summer/fall of 2023). Click here to view the concept design for the new playground.
Until construction is completed, the shelter will not be available to reserve/rent. However, the shelter will still be available to use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis -- This means that the shelter bathrooms will NOT be unlocked and the shelter will remain open to the general public for use. The bathrooms located at the concession stand building will be unlocked and available for use during regular park hours.
All trails and green space will remain open and available during regular park hours.
Lentz Recreation Center & Gym:
The current Lentz Recreation Center Gym program schedule can be found below:
The daily open-gym admission fee for adult non-city limits residents (ages 18-54) is $2.00. There is no open-gym admission fee for all kids (ages 17 & under), adult city limits residents (ages 18-54), and all senior adults (ages 55 & over). Membership ID cards are required to enter the gym. Membership ID cards are made inside the gym lobby at the front desk -- an adult must be present to register a minor. ID cards are free for all kids (ages 17 & under), adult city limits residents (ages 18-54), and all senior adults (ages 55 & over). All adult non-city limits residents (ages 18-54) must pay a one-time ID card fee of $5.00. If an ID card becomes lost or stolen, there is a $5.00 replacement fee (no age or residency discounts available). For more information on Membership ID cards, please click here.
Please note: We are currently unable to accept card payments at our office. All in-person payments should be made using cash or check only.
Betty G Ross Park:
Sand Volleyball Court Construction Project
A sand volleyball court is currently being constructed in the green space near the outdoor courts, pool, and softball field. The estimated completion date for this project is Spring 2023.
There are two playground areas at Betty G Ross Park.
The playground near the kayak launch has: 1 spiral slide and 2 regular swings.
The playground area near the shelter has: 2 early childhood swings/T-swings and 4 regular swings, a horizontal loop ladder set, 1 spiral climber, and 1 early childhood slide; The larger, blue spiral slide is closed at this time due to a damaged platform;
We are now accepting reservation requests for the shelter at Betty G Ross Park for the 2023 season (April 1 - October 30 -- Some dates may be excluded). To submit a shelter reservation request and view the availability calendar for this shelter, please click here. For assistance with submitting a shelter reservation request, please call the Parks & Recreation Department office (704-735-2671) during regular office hours. When the shelter is not reserved, it will remain available for use 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. The bathrooms at the concession stand building will remain unlocked and available for use during regular park hours.
The outdoor basketball, pickleball, and tennis courts at Betty G Ross Park are open every day from 6:30a - 10:00p. Court lights will turn off at 10:00p each night when the park closes to the public. Visitors to these facilities should bring their own equipment.
Disc Golf Course & Nature Trail
The disc golf course and nature trail are available for use during regular park hours. Disc golf players should bring their own equipment. Please do not litter and throw trash away in appropriate trash receptacles.
Kayak Launch & Fishing Pier
The Kayak Launch and the Fishing Pier at Betty G Ross Park are open. Due to erosion from flooding in the area, we advise all visitors to use EXTREME caution when near the river bank.
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.