City Parks Open, But Park Playgrounds and Drinking Fountains Closed

Playground with no children playing

This page was updated May 28, 2020

Under Phase 2 of North Carolina’s gradual reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, additional elements at City of Gastonia Parks will be open. However, these features of City parks remain closed:

  • Erwin Park pool and splash pad.
  • Playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment.
  • Drinking fountains.
  • Lineberger Park miniature train.
  • Recreation Centers.
  • Veterans Museum.
  • Interior of Rankin Lake boathouse.

Youth and adult recreation/athletic programs are suspended until further notice.

The following areĀ open:

  • Parks, trails, greenways and open spaces.
  • Basketball and volleyball courts.
  • Athletic fields at parks facilities.
  • Fishing piers and the fishing area on the south side of Rankin Lake Park.
  • Picnic shelters. First come, first served. The City is not reserving picnic shelters until further notice.

The following are open on weekends starting May 29:

  • Rankin Lake boathouse for boating and fishing. Link provides details about additional restrictions for customers and about the disinfecting of boating equipment.
  • Skeet and Trap Range. Link provides details about additional restrictions for customers because of COVID-19.

The following opens May 30, weekends only until June 6:

Until further notice, the Rankin Lake boathouse and Skeet and Trap Range are only open:

  • Fridays 12-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sundays 1-6 p.m.

Even if a park facility is open, restrooms may be closed to the public. Park restrooms will be reopened gradually. Vending machines at park facilities are not operational at this time.

When visiting City of Gastonia’s parks:

  • Follow social distancing guidelines, keeping at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Use the restroom before coming to the park.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash. Violators will be cited.
  • If you’re sick, please stay home.