City Parks Open, But Recreation Centers Remain Closed

Playground with no children playing

This page was updated Sept. 18, 2020

Under Phase 2.5 of North Carolina’s coronavirus pandemic response, additional elements of City of Gastonia Parks are allowed to reopen. However, these features of City parks remain closed:

  • Splash pads
  • Lineberger Park miniature train
  • Drinking fountains. Please bring your own water.
  • Recreation centers, community centers and Rankin Lake Clubhouse
  • Veterans Museum

Some youth and adult recreation league teams have resumed play this fall. Updated information is on the Gastonia Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

The following are open:

  • Parks, trails, greenways, playgrounds and open spaces sunrise to sunset.
  • Athletic fields, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts at parks facilities. Limitations on contact sports.
  • Fishing piers and the fishing area on the south side of Rankin Lake Park.
  • Picnic shelters for groups of up to 50 people or shelter maximum, whichever is lower.
  • Public restrooms 8 a.m.-7 -p.m.

The following are open with reduced hours of operation:

When visiting City of Gastonia’s parks:

  • Follow social distancing guidelines, keeping at least 6 feet away from others.
  • No organized practices or games are allowed without authorization.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash. Violators will be cited.
  • If you’re sick, please stay home.