Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 Parks & Recreation Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, C.C. Woodson Community Center, Northwest Recreation Center, and Thornton Activity Center are closed until further notice. This includes all center programming and rentals. We will be coordinating with area school districts and community partners on supportive services provided through our facilities during this time period.

Spartanburg...Always Doing

The Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to enhancing your quality of life by providing a variety of recreational programs and opportunities in safe, well-maintained facilities and parks. More than 150,000 people of all ages participated in a program, took a class, or utilized a city recreation center or park at least once last year. And all of our fitness classes, sports, cultural arts and other special programs are open to the general public and are either free or available at a modest cost.

City Parks

Adams Park

Boundary Drive in Historic Beaumont Mill Village

  • 9.2 acre neighborhood park           
  • Lighted baseball field
  • Basketball court 
  • Picnic shelter

Airport Park

500 Ammons Rd.

This airport themed park in front of the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport with views of airplanes taking off and landing.  

  • Playgrounds                           
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Swing Sets and Baby Swings                
  • Walking Path (0.4 mile)
  • Public Restroom

Andrews Farm Park

Pinecrest Road at Woodburn Road

A beautiful passive greenspace near the Edward Griffin Preserve on the City's Eastside.

  • 29 acres of greenspace     
  • Wide-open areas for play
  • Small creek
  • Mature tree canopy
  • Connection to Cottonwood Trail

Barnet Park

248 East St. John Street

Spartanburg’s premier outdoor events venue, the seven-acre park hosts a variety of events each year. Located downtown adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center, it contains the Zimmerli Amphitheater, which seats approximately 1,100 in the fixed seating area, with additional seating for up to 4,900 on the terraced lawn.  

  • 2-mile paved walking trail   
  • Interactive water fountain
  • 1,036-square-foot picnic pavilion
  • Zimmerli Amphitheater
  • Public restroom facilities
  • Original sculptures "Exuberance" & "Circle of Friendship"

Chapel Street Park

Intersection of Chapel Street and Asheville Highway

Serves as a lovely gateway to the historic Cleveland Park neighborhood and other Northside neighborhoods, the 1.2-acre Chapel Street Park is the frequent host for community events and neighborhood gatherings. 

  • Basketball court              
  • Playground
  • Picnic shelter
  • Original sculptures from local artists

Denny's Plaza Playground

This brand new playground is used by Meeting Street Academy, but is open to the public after 4pm and on weekends! 

  • Swings
  • Jungle gym
  • Slides
  • Rubberized turf

Downtown Pocket Park

West Main Street near Daniel Morgan Avenue

Opened in 2012, the Downtown Pocket Park is located on West Main Street between the Masonic Temple and Carriage House Wines, directly across from the Herald-Journal offices. A partnership between Hub-Bub, Inc., the Masonic Temple, private citizens and the City transformed what was formerly an empty lot into a refuge in the heart of downtown. 

  • Cafe-style seating 
  • Free public wi-fi
  • Available to rent for small parties and events

Duncan Park

81 West Park Drive

A sprawling park and greenspace, Duncan Park includes mountain bike trails, the historic Duncan Park baseball stadium, a pond, walking trails, and much more. 

  • 102.5 acre community park  
  • Small lake & wooded 1-mile walking trail
  • 9 miles of mountain biking trails
  • Two baseball fields
  • Playground
  • Four tennis courts with restrooms
  • Picnic tables
  • Outdoor stage & amphitheater

Happy Hollow Park

Glendalyn Avenue between South Fairview Street and Connecticut Avenue

Located in Historic Converse Heights, Happy Hollow is a small park that sees a lot of action!

  • Playground 
  • Picnic shelter, picnic tables and benches
  • Original sculptures
  • Water fountains
  • Concrete walks
  • Mature tree canopy provides ample shade
  • Grassy play area separated from playground

Hillcrest Park

Intersection of Maryland Avenue and Park Drive

One of the City's oldest neighborhood parks, located in the Hillcrest neighborhood on the Eastside.

  • 2.5-acre neighborhood park 
  • Playground
  • Picnic shelter and tables
  • Small creek
  • Mature tree canopy provides ample shade

Hot Spot Skate Park

Union Street

This park is the first public skate park in the state of South Carolina.

  • 8 ft. vertical ramp  
  • Half pipe with escalators
  • Spine
  • Camel Hump
  • Flow Course
  • Rails, Ledges and Ramps

For more information, click here.

Hub City Art Park

Intersection of Daniel Morgan Avenue and Henry Street


The City made effective use of what had long been an abandoned lot on the edge of downtown, turning it into a popular location for downtown workers seeking a mid-day respite or lunch spot.

  • Benches    
  • Water fountain
  • Original art sculptures 
  • Flower garden

Irwin Park

Intersection of Seay Street and Irwin Avenue

This large 14-acre neighborhood park is one of the City's most precious greenspaces.

  • Two baseball fields  
  • Basketball court
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic shelter

Pineview Hills

Williams Street in the Pineview Hills neighborhood 

  • Playground   
  • Basketball Courts

Priscilla Rumley Park

Alexander Avenue

A beautiful neighborhood park that anchors one of the ends of the Mary H Wright Greenway.

  • Picnic shelter with grills 
  • Playground
  • Basketball court

Rail Tail Dog Park

On union street across from Duncan Park

The City's first dog park opened in 2012. 

  • Dog fountain
  • Chain link fence
  • Picnic Tables

For more information click here

St. Matthews Park

Behind St. Matthews Episcopal Church on St. Matthews Lane.

  • Playground
  • Swings
  • Benches
  • Tables
  • Parking lot shared with St. Matthews Episcopal Church

South Converse Park

South Converse Street

South Converse Street Park connects to the Mary Wright Greenway.

  • New playground equipment  
  • Picnic shelter and tables
  • Grills
  • Connects to Mary Wright Greenway
  • Large grassy play/picnic area
  • Five minutes from downtown

Stewart Park

Highland Ave.

One of the City's newest parks located in the Highland Community.

  • Playground and Swing Set 
  • Benches
  • Picnic Shelter and tables
  • Splash Pad
  • Huge Open Field
  • Basketball Courts
  • Walking Trail (0.3 mile)

Summerhill Park

Hillandale Road

Located in the heart of a stable Northside neighborhood that benefits from a strong and active neighborhood association.

  • Recently upgraded  
  • Basketball court
  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic shelter and tables

Willow Oaks Park

West Hampton Drive

A small neighborhood tucked into an easily accessible corner in Historic Hampton Heights, Willow Oaks Park is a hidden gem.

  • Swings and playground equipment 
  • Water fountain
  • Play area

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