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John Chavis Memorial Park

Last updated Sep. 22, 2014 - 12:09 pm
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  • Year 1937 | Acres 28.87 | Landmarks Near Shaw University
  • Home to the No.2, Special Three Abreast, Allan Herschell Carousel since 1937
  • Half-mile section of the Capital Area Greenway Trail
  • Proposed park bond project at this location

Community CenterRecreation Center

  • 919-831-6989
Center Programs

Center Programs


Gymnasium

Gymnasium

  • Capacity: 300
  • Basketball courts with tile floor
  • 3 sets of bleachers
  • $60/hour

Fitness Room

Fitness Room

  • Includes two treadmills, a stationary bike, elliptical machine, free weights, and an ADA compliant universal machine
  • Patrons may purchase a monthly pass for $10 (must be 18 or older)

Dance Room

Dance Room

  • Capacity: 49
  • $60/hour

Media Center

Media Center

  • Capacity: 170
  • 44' x 38'
  • $70/hour

Game Room

Game Room

  • Has board games, television and billiards

Community Room

Community Room

  • Capacity: 49
  • 34' x 28'
  • $25/hour

Club Room

Club Room

  • Equipped with technology from Lenovo

Outdoor Pool and Splash GroundAquatic Center or Pool

  • 919-831-6565
Chavis Pool

Historic Allan Herschell CarouselCarousel


  • 919-996-3286
Chavis Carousel
  • Carousel, circa 1923, was purchased in 1937 for $4000.
  • The band organ is a Wurlitzer 146A with an ornately carved and decorated facade.
  • Tickets are $1 for all riders 13 months and older.
  • Riders 12 months and younger are free with a paying adult.
  • Riders must be 42 inches tall to ride unaccompanied.
  • Ticket Sales close 10 minutes prior to closing.
  • Carousel hours vary depending on the season and may close early due to inclement weather.

Outdoor TrackTrail or Track


trail
  • Walking track with sprint lanes
  • Lighted
  • Water fountain and benches

Shelters (4)Picnic Shelter

To rent a shelter please contact the Community Center View other shelter locations
Shelter #1

Shelter #1

  • Capacity: 25
  • Tables: 4
  • Grills: 1
  • $9/hour
  • No electricity
  • Located close to the playground

Shelter #2

Shelter #2

  • Capacity: 70
  • Tables: 26
  • Grills: 3
  • $12/hour
  • No electricity
  • Located across the bridge, behind the carousel

Front View

Shelter #3

  • Capacity: 36-60
  • Tables: 8
  • Grills: 1
  • No electricity
  • No reservations - first come first serve

Front View

Shelter #4

  • Capacity: 36-60
  • Tables: 6
  • Grills: 1
  • No electricity
  • No reservations - first come first serve

Courts (1)Tennis Court

Courts are typically available first come, first serve. View other court locations
Tennis Courts

Tennis

  • 2 courts
  • Backboard
  • Push button lighting from dusk to 10pm (year round)

Fields (2)Baseball or Softball FieldMultipurpose Field

All field rentals are handled though our Athletics Division. To find out more, please email or call 919-996-6836. View other field locations
Youth Baseball Field

Youth Baseball Field #2

  • Distance: 185ft
  • Lighting: Yes
  • $25/hour (lights are additional $25/hour)

Multipurpose Field

Multipurpose Field

  • 300' x 210'
  • Field not lighted (lighting on track only)
  • $25/hour

PlaygroundsPlayground

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Baby swings
Baby swings
 
Tot play area
Tot play area
 

Ages 2-5

  • Sand surface

Big Swings
Big Swings
 
Play structure
Play structure
 
Diggers
Diggers
 

Ages 5-12

  • Sand surface

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