Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation Events

It is the mission of the Harrisburg Parks & Recreation to provide diverse year-round leisure opportunities for the citizens of Harrisburg through the preservation of open space, park settings, recreational facilities and programs. These leisure activities are designed to meet the physical, mental, cultural, and social needs of our Harrisburg residents and visitors while enhancing the overall quality of life in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Department and youth athletics programs have a longstanding tradition of strong community support and volunteerism. In the early 1990's, volunteers with the Harrisburg Youth Association (HYA) consolidated all local youth athletic leagues under HYA with major sponsorships from Land O' Frost and Dick's Sporting Goods. Over time, league participation grew beyond the capabilities of an all-volunteer staff. Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Dept. was created to meet the growing community need for organized recreational and athletic programs. Today, the Department serves over 3,500 adults and children from Harrisburg and neighboring communities enrolled in year-round sports leagues, recreational sports like tennis and running, and special programs like summer camp, Zumba, karate and more. The Department also hosts over a dozen family events throughout the year, including community concerts, movies in the park, and holiday events.

Several of the current members of Harrisburg Town Council were instrumental in the creation of HYA, including Mayor Steve Sciascia and Councilpersons David Isaacs and Benita Conrad. Harrisburg Youth Association continues to operate as a 501 (c) (3) under town management as a fundraising organization to support and expand recreational opportunities in Harrisburg.

View Parks & Recreation Master Plan

View the  Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Manager's update to Town Council (June 2015)

Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Office

P.O. Box 100
4088 Stallings Rd.
Harrisburg, NC 28075 
Phone: 704-455-PARK (7275)
Fax: 704-455-1416

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm

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Eric Smallwood

Eric Smallwood, Parks & Recreation Manager

Shawn Marble, Assistant Parks & Recreation Manager

Mike Kirby, Athletic Program Coordinator

Chelsea Nardozzi, Recreation Program Coordinator

Scott Ludwick, Administrative Assistant

Dale Freeman, Parks Supervisor
704-455-PARK (7275)

Park Staff:

Robert Trull

Boone Linker

Garrison Quay

Chad Thinnes