Parks and Recreation

News and Announcements

Lincoln County Parks and Recreation- Lincolnton Office Move

We are excited to be moving our Lincolnton office to our new location at 302 North Academy Street in Lincolnton this month.  Our office will be closed Monday, January 10th through Friday, January 14th to allow for our move to the new location.  Our new location is two blocks north of Main Street and is the former planning and inspections building.  Our offices will be located on the 2nd Floor with Lincoln County Veteran Services moving into the 1st Floor.  If you need to make a park reservation or have recreation related questions during our move, please call our main phone line at (704)748-1518 and leave a message.  We will be checking them and returning calls periodically during our week of moving.

Splash Pad Schedule for 2022!

The splash pads at West Lincoln Park and Beatty's Ford Park are opening for the 2022 season on Monday, May 30th.  The splash pads are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The splash pads will close for the season on Monday, September 6th.

Please remember to follow the splash pad rules when visiting:

  1. No food or drinks allowed on splash pad
  2. No pets allowed on splash pad
  3. No bikes, scooters or skateboards on pad
  4. No glass containers allowed
  5. No climbing on elements
  6. Swim diapers are required

West Lincoln Park is located at 369 Hulls Grove Church Road in Vale and Beatty's Ford Park is located at 8335 Shipley Lane in Denver.

East Lincoln Community Center Open Gym Fall/Winter Schedule Update

The East Lincoln Community Center is reopening for public open gym use on Wednesday, August 25th. Daily activities including walking/exercise, open gym pickleball, open gym basketball and volleyball.

8:00 AM-10:30 AM Walking/Exercise

10:30 AM-2:00 PM Open Gym Pickleball

2:30 PM- 5:00 PM Open Gym Basketball (Thursdays Senior Basketball/Fridays Open Gym Volleyball)

Please contact the Community Center for details about the fall/winter senior activities like quilting, BINGO, Bunko, and senior outings at (704) 483-8980.

Get Healthy Lincoln County Map is Here!

Check out he Get Healthy Lincoln County Map at the link below to find a recreation opportunity near you! Thanks to all our partners on this map project including the Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County Tax Department Mapping/GIS and the Partnership for Health Lincoln County.

If you have questions about the map please contact our office for more information!

Recreation Master Plan Update

Have a voice and share your ideas to shape the future of recreation here in Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton.

Thank you to everyone who completed the Community Input survey and visited our three community meetings in January.

Stay connected to our website for further Recreation Master Plan updates.

Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Lincoln County Parks and Recreation is now entering our reopening plans for our recreation and park facilities. Please visit this site and our Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Facebook page for updates regarding our facilities and programs.

We encourage Lincoln County residents to make use of our parks and trails and continue to follow local, state and national guidelines for social distancing and avoiding group gatherings. We encourage playground visitors to continue following social distancing guidelines, avoiding crowded areas and washing/sanitizing hands after visiting.

Please view the listing below for the current status of facilities and programs. As our reopening plans continue this listing will be updated.

Lincoln County parks and trails: Open
Recreation Office in Lincolnton: Open to Public
Playgrounds and Athletic Fields: Open

We encourage all our park visitors to follow information provided by the CDC and the Lincoln County Health Department regarding potential risk. Please follow social distancing guidelines when visiting the parks and remember that group gatherings are not permitted at this time.

We will continue to provide updates here and on our website as this situation develops. If you have questions, please call Lincoln County Parks and Recreation at (704) 748-1518. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Park Shelter Reservation Information

We are currently taking reservations for our park shelters. At this time we are not scheduling any reservations for our indoor facilities or community centers.

If you would like to make a shelter reservation please contact our Lincolnton office at 704-748-1518. All reservation payments and paperwork must be turned in at our Lincolnton office or by mail. Half day shelter reservations are $50 and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Full day reservations are $100 and from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

This includes shelter reservations for West Lincoln Park, Beatty's Ford Park, Rock Springs Nature Preserve, and Rescue Squad Park. Please contact our Parks and Recreation office at 704-748-1518 to book your reservation or download the reservation forms here on our Parks and Recreation page.

Beattys Ford Park Application
Beattys Ford Park Policies

West Lincoln Park Application
West Lincoln Park Policies

Rock Springs Nature Preserve Application
Rock Springs Nature Preserve Policies

Rescue Squad Park Application
Rescue Squad Park Policies

Parks and Recreation eNewsletter

Stay informed of the latest Parks and Recreation news by signing up for our monthly eNewsletter. The monthly email will include updates on park openings, community programs, upcoming events, and much more! To sign up, email Lincoln County Parks and Recreation.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Parks and Recreation department is to provide recreational opportunities for the citizens of Lincoln County:

  • Through the development and operations of parks and facilities
  • Sponsorship of programs, classes and special events
  • By working with others in the preservation of the dwindling open space and natural resources of our county