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John Chavis Memorial Park

Last updated Nov. 25, 2014 - 11:15 am
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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 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 Ground

  • 919-831-6565
Chavis Pool

Historic Allan Herschell Carousel


  • 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 Track


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

Shelters (4)

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)

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)

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

Playgrounds

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  • Baby swings
  • Tot play area

Ages 2-5

  • Sand surface

  • Big Swings
  • Play structure
  • Diggers

Ages 5-12

  • Sand surface

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