• You are Never Too Young to Explore.

  • America’s Favorite Pastime.

  • Enjoying Nature at Riverbend Park.

Parks & Recreation

The Town of Louisburg offers many opportunities to get and be active! Beautiful parks, nature and walking trails, athletic fields, and skateboard areas are a few of the facilities offered by the Town to anyone who wishes to enjoy the great outdoors.

Athletic programs are offered to youths in the community who wish to have fun, get some exercise, learn the fundamentals of various sports, and expand their social skills through sportsmanship and developing new friends. While winning is a goal in all aspects of life, it is not the primary vision of the Louisburg Recreation Program, rather, can be the outcome of an already beneficial and satisfying experience that is much more fruitful.

Winter Basketball Registration Form

Soccer Registration Form

 

Recreation Director

Jina “J” Stamey has been at the helm as Director of Parks and Recreation since February 2010. She has an extensive background in athletics as a former college athlete and coach and brings recreational experience from her time with Raleigh Parks and Recreation.

J has devoted much of her time to the Town of Louisburg as she was previously the Student Activities and Intramural Director and Assistant Dean of Student Life at Louisburg College. Her educational background includes a Masters Degree in Sport Studies and Bachelors of Science in Sports Management. J is a member of North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association (NCRPA) and National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

  • So much to offer…

    The town has a lot to offer through the schools, Louisburg College, the many churches and civic organizations, the library, the recreations department, and many other offerings, but the people are what truly make it special.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • It’s a special place here…

    Louisburg is a special place because of the people in the community. It’s the kind of place where you know all of the firemen because you went to school with them. It’s the kind of place that you feel safe to walk down the sidewalks and wave to people riding by.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • Raising a family here…

    When people ask me where I am from, I am proud to tell them Louisburg, NC. I have lived in Louisburg my entire life and love that we have chosen my hometown to raise our family.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • Small town life…

    What I believe makes life in a small town like Louisburg special is the relationships. Everyone knows everyone and there is a caring spirit. It’s the kind of place where your elementary and high school teachers attend the same church as you.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

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Jina “J” Stamey,
Director of Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events

Louisburg Parks and Recreation and the Town of Louisburg participates in many local events and activities, whether primarily sponsored by the Town or by others. The following list are a few of the events and activities held every year:

Friday Nights on the Tar
Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
Tar River Festival
Old Fashion Band Day
Senior Citizen Day at the Park

Agriculture Day
Supporter of Franklin County Library
Supporter of Tar River Land Conservancy
Supporter of Franklin County Arts Council

 

Facilities

The Town of Louisburg provides the following facilities for the enjoyment of all citizens equally. Please note that the use of shelters at the Parks can be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Also please note that while it is the intention for all facilities to be open whenever possible, there are times when the areas may be closed for maintenance or other operational reasons.

  • Riverbend Park

    Riverbend Park is a wonderful, natural work of art that was opened in the late 1980’s. Crafted along the banks of the mighty Tar, Riverbend Park provides fishing access, canoe access, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, and plenty of shady spots for a nice lunchtime nap.

    Riverbend Park is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area and is identified as a conservation area. Park lands are the best use of such lands as development is restricted and the open space provides relief for downstream properties during times of flood.

    As with Joyner Park, the picnic shelter is first come first serve, but can be reserved by filling out an application at Town Hall. Riverbend Park is located at the end of S. Church St., located adjacent to the Downtown area of Louisburg.

    view a map of Riverbend Park
  • Joyner Park

    Joyner Park is a wonderful 90+ acre facility that combines passive and active recreation. Opened in 2003, Joyner Park was developed using a generous 32 acre donation of land from Mr. Carroll Joyner, and a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. The facility includes a 2/5 of a mile paved walking trail and 1.5 mile natural trail covering rolling hills and providing an overlook of the westernmost group of cypress trees in North Carolina. Joyner Park is situated along the Tar River and has enacted Conservation Easements along its banks to assure development does not impact the adjacent waters.

    Joyner Park has a 100 yard soccer field that is used in the town’s recreation league. Prior permission must be granted in order to use the field for non town activities. The facility also includes a wonderful playground area for all ages, including swing sets.

    Joyner Park also offers two spacious picnic shelters. The shelters are first come, first serve. However, shelters may be reserved by filling out an application form which may be obtained at the Town Hall.

    Joyner Park is located on W. River Rd. approximately ½ mile from the intersection with S. Main St.

    view a map of Joyner Park
  • The Louisburg Bike Trail

    The Louisburg Bike Trail is a 2.2 mile paved bicycle trail that has a terminus at S. Main St. and at Vance Granville Community College (VGCC). The S. Main St. terminus is located at Depot St. Hill, just south of the Tar River bridge on S. Main St. Access to this end of the trail may be made either from the parking lot at this location or via a short pedal from Riverbend Park. Bicyclists may use the other terminus as a starting or ending point as there is ample parking at VGCC.

    The construction of the trail was made possible through a generous Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant from the State of North Carolina, as well as, a long term lease of the previous rail corridor from the NC Department of Transportation Rail Division. The placement of this trail within the previous Seaboard Rail Corridor allows for the continued use of the public land for a current activity while maintaining the linear nature of the corridor should light rail use be developed in the future.

    view a map of The Louisburg Bike Trail
  • Skateboard Park

    Louisburg offers a skateboard park located on Spring Street. Skaters are required to wear proper gear when using the facility. The facility is in operation from dawn until dusk. Children under 12 require adult supervision and all skating is undertaken at the participants own risk. A seasonal permit is required to use the park. These permits may be obtained at the Louisburg Town Hall.

    The painting of any area of the skate park will be considered vandalism and the perpetrator shall be criminally charged and all future skating privileges revoked! Please help the Town of Louisburg maintain a clean and pleasurable facility and environment so that ALL may enjoy the facility provided by the Louisburg Town Council.

    Also, anyone interested in shooting some hoops? Public goals are located beside the Police/Fire/Training Center. The courts are available from dawn until dusk.

    view a map of the Skateboard Park