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Burlington Park Oakwood Park
Chapel Hill Community Center and Park Phillips Park
Ephesus Park Umstead Park
Hargraves Community Center and Park  
Homestead Park (aka the "Dinosaur Park") and Chapel Hill Skate Park and Batting Cages; Homestead Dog Park

Jones Park  
Lincoln Gymnasium & Arts Center  
North Forest Hills Park


Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Office
200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, 27514.  (919) 968-2784
or (919)
Offices open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday.

For a map of the parks and a list of Chapel Hill Community Centers, Community Parks, and Neighborhood Parks indicating which parks have rest rooms, picnic tables, shelters, tennis courts, soccer fields, etc., click here.  (Visit  The Parks Department offers numerous classes for adults and children on diverse topics including music, dance, pottery, and rock wall climbing/belaying.  More information or call (919) 968-2790.

Indoor Play
Toddler Play Indoor Playtime is available at the following locations/times of year in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  (A great idea especially when the weather is cold or rainy!):

Chapel Hill Community Center Parent-Tot Morning Extravaganza (in the Community Center gymnasium)
Tuesdays & Thursday mornings, 10:45am - 11:45 am through May 3rd, 2012. Free.
Toys are available for toddlers to play with, and you can also bring your own toys that won't scratch the floor.
[Indoor play available from September through Spring each year. For updated info after May 2012, check the website:

or call (919) 968-2790

Carrboro Century Center Toddler Preschool Playtime (for children 5 years old and younger) in the Century Hall.
Summer 2012 Dates:
Tuesdays, June 19 - July 31 Time: 1:00-2:30 PM;
Tuesdays, August 7 - Sept 25 Time: 10:00-1:30 AM

Tumbling mat, toys, and music provided; also some directed activities; $3 per child

Check/confirm dates & more info: :Programs: Youth (follow the links):

Burlington Park
Located at Ephesus Church Rd. east of Ephesus Elementary School between Landerwood Lane and Sharon Rd.

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Chapel Hill Community Center and Park
Located at 120 South Estes Drive, (across from the Main Post Office and University Mall; 1 1/2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill ).
(919) 968-2790
  Great park for meeting other moms and kids!  The playground has numerous play sets, swings, slides, monkey bars, tire swings with a springy, soft surface underneath, and is surrounded by lots of green space and a lovely rose garden with brick walking paths (The Gene Stroud Community Rose Garden).  There is a bicycle path around the park.  Multipurpose recreation center also offers indoor swimming, indoor climbing wall, indoor and outdoor basketball, outdoor volleyball, summer camp, bocce ball, compost demonstration site, walking trails, sun deck, and picnic tables.  The multipurpose room, gym, and climbing wall are available for rental.  For more info, call 968-2790 or go to and click on "facility rentals."

When it's cold outside (from September - May), kids can run around and play in the Community Center Gym during Parent-Tot Time on Tuesdays. (Dates/Days of week/Times subject to change.)


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Ephesus Park
Located 3 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill east of Fordham Blvd., north on Ephesus Church Rd.  The park is located next to Ephesus Elementary school.


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Hargraves Community Center and Park
216 Roberson St., Chapel Hill 27516; 2 blocks North of Rosemary St. between downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. (919) 968-2794; Hargraves Information Line, (919) 685-1535. 
  Facilities include a playground and picnic area, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, softball field, volleyball court, and outdoor swimming pool during summer months.  


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Hargraves Recreation/Technology Center - (919) 968-2794
The Hargraves Technology Center provides a place to promote computer learning for children, teens, and adults in the Northside Community of Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.


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Homestead Park (aka the "Dinosaur Park") and Chapel Hill Skate Park and Batting Cages; Homestead Dog Park

From Airport Road, turn west onto Homestead Road, take a right onto Northern Park Drive which leads to Homestead Park (located 3 miles North of downtown Chapel Hill, 2 blocks west of Airport Rd. off Homestead Rd.  (919) 929-9031
  Playground  A favorite meeting place for area playgroups, the "Dinosaur Playground" is tucked away in a woodsy area at a good distance from the Homestead parking lot areas.  (The trees offer some shady areas in the Summer.)  The playground features a friendly dinosaur slide, swings, and an additional large play set with slides, tunnels, and climbing bars.  There are also picnic tables and benches in the shade.  Bathroom facilities are open in the Spring and Summer.  The restroom facilities are not open in the Winter (closed from October to May), so plan accordingly if you have little ones!   


  Homestead Skate Park  10,000 square foot skate park with ramps.  Membership rates/helmet rental see:

Mon- Thurs
  3-8 pm;
Fri. 3-9pm;
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Beginners Only); 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. (Normal Session)
Sun 12-6 pm.


  Homestead Batting Cage  The Homestead Batting Cage has six stations.

Mon- Thurs
  3-8 pm;
Fri. 3-9pm;
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Beginners Only); 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. (Normal Session)
Sun 12-6 pm. (

more info



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Jones Park
Located @ 1 1/2 miles South of downtown Chapel Hill off Columbia St. before Fordham BLvd.  The Park is 1/2 mile E. of Columbia St. on Holland Dr.


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FORMERLY located at the Lincoln Gymnasium & Arts Center --
The Community Clay Studio now is located on 200 Plant Rd., Chapel Hill. [May 2012 update]
Pottery Studio Telephone: (919) 968-2793
  Pottery Studio  - Community Clay Studio - Pottery wheels and kilns; classes for both children and adults.  Also summer camps for children. (919) 968-2793

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North Forest Hills Park
On Collums Road, in Chapel Hill, three miles North of downtown Chapel Hill, east of Airport Rd. off Dixie Rd.
  Climbing equipment (no swings).


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Oakwood Park
Located on Oakwood Dr. near the intersection of Oakwood Dr. and Berkeley Rd., Chapel Hill; @ 2 miles from downtown Chapel Hill off NC 54 East.  
  Fenced in park with swings; has some shady areas.


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Phillips Park
Located next to Phillips Middle School, 2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill east of Airport Rd.  

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Umstead Park
Located 1 1/2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill west of Airport Rd, on Umstead Rd.
  Climbing structures and sand to play in; bridge, stream and path through the woods.  Better for older kids because it is not contained/fenced, and the stream is accessible from the play area.

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