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Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and your area parks. Eight park or play facilities are conveniently located throughout the Carrboro community. From the 54 acre Anderson Community Park to the smaller neighborhood parks, Carrboro provides outdoor facilities for a variety of leisure experiences. You can enjoy the outdoors as you play horseshoes, tennis or softball, go fishing, take a walk or have a picnic.
All park facilities (unless noted) are open from 7:00am until dark, except for lighted facilities, which close at 11:00pm.

For reservations - Insurance is needed if the event includes major physical activity and moderate/severe exposure to participants; expected attendance of over 500; large amounts of cash ($1000+) or quantities of merchandise will be brought onto Town Property; and food will be served, sold and/or given to the general public. If the reservation requires insurance, the event sponsor must sign the reservation contract to hold harmless, defend and indemnify the Town of Carrboro, provide general liability insurance with a minimum limit of $1 million general liability coverage endorsed to name the Town as an additional insured and provide a certificate for documentation.
REC CONNECT -"Online Registration Link"
Our Online Registration link can be used to look for availability of facilities to reserve. The actual rental process requires you to come into the department or to utilize mail for some facilities.

Printable Park Facility Mail-In Reservation Form

Printable listing of all of Carrboro's Park Facilities

Printable map of the Town of Carrboro's Bikeway

For a copy of the Town Commons Use Policy

For a copy of :
the Adam's Tract Trail Map

and a
Tree Identifcation Chart


Interactive Parks Locator Map

Carrboro Recreation and Parks has partnered with Orange County and Chapel Hill to create an Interactive Parks Locator Map. This tool will allow citizens to view all park facilities in Orange County, search for park amenities, and link to department websites for more information. Click on the link below to get started learning about all the recreation opportunities in Orange County.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park opened to the public.

Carrboro Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce that Martin Luther King, Jr. Park is now open to the public for temporary use prior to the official development of the site. The park includes a multi-purpose play field that opened on April 30th.

The Community Garden was approved on May 15th, 2007. Contact Jay Hamm at 919-647-9633 or ccgc@riseup.net for Garden Information.

Community Garden Groups and Membership Applications:

Carrboro Community Garden Coalition (website)
(membership application)


Orange County Partnership for Young Children (website)
( (membership application

Classes offered by the Orange County Partnership for Young Children-

Park hours are sunrise to sunset. Contact Wendell Rodgers at 919-918-7371 for park information.

Anderson Community Park

55 ACRES, formerly Carrboro Community Park, Hwy. 54 West (1/4 mile west of the 54/ Old Fayetteville Road intersection)

Anderson Park Bathrooms Temporarily Closed

The bathrooms are temporarily closed for maintenance. Please contact the department at 919-918-7364 for more information.

  • baseball/softball fields (4 lighted)
  • multi-purpose fields
  • basketball courts (lighted)
  • tennis courts (2)
  • horseshoe pits
  • leash free area
  • picnic tables and grills
  • picnic shelter
  • restrooms
Wilson Park
Williams Street (off North Greensboro St.)

  • play equipment
  • youth baseball field (lighted)
  • tennis courts-4 lighted
  • picnic tables and grills
  • picnic shelter
  • rest rooms

Please call the department at 919-918-7364 if you have questions.

Baldwin Park
A neighborhood park on Broad Street
  • play equipment
  • multi - purpose field
  • grill
  • basketball goal

From the Baldwin Community Garden group-

"The Baldwin Community Garden seeks members from the Broad St. and Northside neighborhoods, and will prioritize residents of those areas when allotting growing beds within the garden. Gardening space is available to members outside of the immediate neighborhood, however registration for this group will take place after the registration period for local residents. Residents from our target area will be able to sign up first come first serve until March 15th, after which point anyone from the greater Carrboro/Chapel Hill community can join. Membership outreach has consisted of direct soliciting to the target neighborhood by existing members to neighbors and door-to-door flyering. Success by these methods have been limited due to the infancy of the garden until now. We believe that continued outreach will result in more local interest now that the construction phase is completed, members are actively growing produce, and we now have experienced Master Gardeners from the Northside garden amongst out members. "

Brewer's Lane Mini Park
Located on Brewer’s Lane
  • open space
  • basketball court
Carrboro Elementary School

400 Shelton Street Note: weekday hours are 3:00pm - dark

  • play equipment
  • basketball court
  • picnic tables
  • youth baseball field
  • track (dirt) - 0.16 of a mile
  • open play areas
Simpson Street Triangle

Corner of Simpson & Main Street

  • picnic table
  • open space
  • playground equipment
Town Commons

301 West Main Street at the Carrboro Town Hall

  • play equipment - ages 2-5
  • open space play area

Pavillion and Open Space Rental Fees:
Effective- JULY 1, 2007
0 - 4 hours = free (see below for list of criteria)
0 - 4 hours = $125
4+hours - full day= $175

The Board approved to amend the Town Commons Reservation Policy to provide a free option for reservations that meet the follow criteria –

Town staff does not work during the event
No public access to Town Hall bathrooms
No money is exchanged during the event
No electricity used
The event is open to the public
These free events would be available on a first come, first serve basis
Reservations be limited to no more than once per month by any one group
Reservations will be subject to the current insurance guidelines

To view the FACILITY RESERVATION NOTICE that involves the reservation and insurance policy for Town Commons facility.

Also for your information, town events take precedence over reservations. If you need the commons, please administratively book the space. The Board wants to review this change next year.

Additional fees: $25 if a group is approved to sell goods or services
Smith Soccer Field

1709 High School Road (located behind Chapel Hill High School)

A joint project of the Town of Carrboro, Orange County and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system.

  • Fall Field Rentals Accepted : Late August to Mid-November.
  • Spring Field Rentals Accepted: Late February to Late May.
  • Fall and Spring Open Play Fridays 4:00pm until 7:00pm
  • This field may be reserved by groups. Please call 919-918-7364 for more information.
    NOTE: Fields closed for maintenance: Late November to February, and Late May to August
Reservations, Fields, Fees and Loaners

Picnic Shelters and athletic fields are available for rental. Reservations should be made in person and require a fee and deposit when applicable.

Picnic shelters are located at Anderson and Wilson Parks and are available during daylight hours only. Each shelter can accommodate approximately 50-60 adults.

PLEASE NOTE: No electricity or water beyond drinking fountains is available. No generators are allowed.
This rule is for liability concerns and cannot be waived.

Shelter fees:
0 - 4 hours = $35
4+ hours - full day= $45


Field reservations and rentals must be authorized by the Department’s Facilities Division.

Field Rentals are available at both team/group and tournament rates.
Team/Group: $20/hr, (with lights $40/hr)
Tournament: Day Use $50/field,
Night Use: $25/hr/field ,
Day and Night Use: $50/field plus $25/hr for lights

For more information regarding field availability for specific dates call 919-918-7364.


Offered in conjunction with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Go fishing. It’s fun! You don’t even need your own stuff. Borrow a ROD and REEL, tackle box, and a bag of accessories for free! Return the ROD and REEL the next day - but first catch a big fish!

Pond located at Anderson Community Park, off Hwy 54 west of Carrboro.


Tackle equipment is available through the Recreation and Parks office located in the Century Center.

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