Parks and Recreation

The Importance of Parks and Recreation

 

God made us walking animals - pedestrians.  Just as a fish needs to swim, a bird to fly, a deer to run, we need to walk, not in order to survive, but to be happy.  Although we could survive inside an apartment all our life, we can be much happier if we can walk and run about, as freely as possible.

The importance of pedestrian public spaces cannot be measured.  We cannot prove mathematically that wider sidewalks, pedestrian streets, more or better parks make people happier, much less measure how much happier.  However if we reflect, most things that are important in life cannot be measured either.  Parks and other pedestrian places are essential to a town's happiness.

Parks are about many things and important to a democratic society.  In a town, parks are essential to the physical and emotional health of its citizens and visitors.   For the poor, the only alternative to television for their leisure time is the public space.  For this reason, high-quality public pedestrian space, and parks in particular, are evidence of a true democracy at work.  Parks are a place to meet not only with nature but with other people as well.

Call or come in to Town Hall to rent one of our park shelters for your special event.

Parks

Centennial Park


301 East Bank Street

Nestled in the heart of Granite Quarry an oasis of nature awaits you. The Centennial Park's heavily wooded walking paths lie along side of a stream and extends from Bank Street northward, connecting to Granite Lake Park.

On the Bank street side of the park, a cool, shaded gazebo allows for a comfortable rest. The gazebo also makes for a convenient covered dining area after grilling out on the nearby charcoal grill. Two large granite slab tables provide plenty of serving and eating areas.

This park offers a little bonus for you if you're wanting the pleasure of a seemingly deep-woods outdoor dining experience without having to take a long walk. If you park at the convenient parking spaces provided on Brown Street, which parallels the park on the south, then take several steps down a gentle slope into the heart of the park, you'll find a picnic area complete with table and charcoal grill. It makes a great lunch get-a-way; one moment you're in town, the next moment you're surrounded by nature.

While strolling along the several paths you'll notice the sounds of birds and crickets as they replace the thoughts you brought. Conveniently placed rest benches allow you to pause and enjoy a moment amongst towering poplar and tall oaks. Come spend some quiet time at Centennial Park. You'll be glad you did.

PARK DETAILS
     
Park Hours   Open Dawn to Dusk
     
Amenities   Gazebo with 2 Tables, 1 Grill
Open picnic area with 1 Table, 1 Grill
Wooded walking paths

 


Granite Civic Park
 

202 West Peeler Street

The existing Granite Civic Park, established in 1950, is a 5.25 acre recreation memorial to the people of Granite Quarry. The existence of this park exemplifies what a small community can do with hard work and dedication. The majority of land was donated by Mr. J. F. Crook to Granite Post Park, Inc. The property was purchased by Town Citizen donations and placed in the Town's name.

The sole purpose of Granite Civic Park has always been, and will continue to be, to provide the citizens of Granite Quarry a safe and enjoyable place to play and fellowship with friends and family.  A volunteer board called the Action for Community Teamwork Advisory Board worked hard to improve the quality of life in Granite Quarry. They focused on positive activities for youth, and crime and drug prevention. Through a joint effort between this group and the Town of Granite Quarry, grants were obtained to afford the newest improvements of Granite Civic Park.

Granite Civic Park has a rather large picnic shelter, which also provides an enclosed kitchen equipped with stove, sink, refrigerator and even a microwave. The shelter can accommodate rather large groups and has been utilized for many family reunions, school outings and even wedding receptions. Two rest rooms, one female and one male, are located in the large picnic shelter. To insure availability, this shelter must be reserved through the Town Hall.  A smaller shelter is located just a few feet from the large shelter and can accommodate small groups or just a family picnic.

A baseball field is just a few feet from both shelters and the playground is located where it is easy to watch small children at play. In addition to the playground area and baseball field, there are tennis courts, basketball courts and a place to play volleyball.

PARK DETAILS
     
Park Hours   Open Dawn to Dusk
Tennis Counts and Ball Field Lighting will turn off at 9:00pm.
     
Amenities  

Main Shelter
- 8 Tables, Kitchen, 2 Grills, Bathrooms
Small Shelter
- 2 Tables, 1 Grill
Shelter Reservations: 704-279-5596

Open Picnic area with 1 Table, 2 Grills
Large Playground
3 Tennis Courts
Basketball Court
Baseball Field with Dugouts, backstop and stands
Paved walking paths
Beach Volleyball

 


Granite Lake Park
 

500 North Salisbury Avenue (US Hwy 52)

Granite Lake Park opened in June 2007 and consists of paved walking trails, a shelter with bathrooms, a playground area, a lake covering an acre with two piers, fish, and the Granite Lake Ducks.

The park is located on North Salisbury Avenue (US Hwy 52) across from Kerns Street and is open from 6am until 10pm.

The park sits on the site of the former Granite Lake pool where many a youngster once swam. Although swimming is no longer permitted, the park has become a center piece for many a person to remember days gone by and pass those memories on to a younger generation.

After Granite Lake closed, there appeared to be a large void in the heart of the town and momentum soon gained speed to create a park. With the help of grants, tax money and donations to make it a reality, the park finally came alive. Donations from the Robertson Family Foundation, the Cannon Foundation, the Hurley family of Salisbury, F&M Bank, the Woodson Foundation, and Wal-Mart, helped gain the matching funds needed to complete the park.

A generous donation from A. D. and Jane Powell in the memory of their son, Justin funded the new Granite Lake fountain. The movable, floating fountain sprays 7 feet high and 28 feet across. It has four white lights, but the town also has red, blue and green lenses to change the colors for various seasons  and celebrations. Due to it's proximity to us Hwy 52, split rail fencing with attached chain link fencing partially encircles the playground and shelter areas thus providing a safer place for children to play.

The walking trails connect to the Centennial Park located off of Brown Street behind the F&M Bank Complex. 

The town is accepting donations with various ways that you can memorialize or honor a loved one.  Please call the Granite Quarry Town Hall if you are interested.

PARK DETAILS    
     
Park Hours   Open Dawn to Dusk
     
Amenities   Shelter with 6 Tables, 1 Grill
Open picnic area with 1 Table, 1 Grill
2 Open picnic tables 
Lake with 2 observation piers
Paved walking paths
Playground