IMPORTANT NOTICE for all Credit & Debit Card Payments: Effective October 10, 2023, a convenience fee of 2.2% will be charged to all credit & debit card transactions (VISA/Mastercard accepted). Cash and checks are accepted without this fee and can be made in person at the Graham Recreation Center (311 College Street, Graham, NC 27253). Checks payable to the “City of Graham” can be mailed to: City of Graham, ATTN: Recreation & Parks, PO Drawer 357, Graham, NC 27253
Graham Recreation Center
Phone: (336) 570-6718
Hours of Operation* (updated 11/07/2023)
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: Closed (except for basketball practices)
Sunday: Closed (30+ Pick-Up Basketball still occurring every 3rd Sunday, unless otherwise noted)
*Hours may change due to center activities and athletics seasons
The Graham Recreation Center will be closed for the holiday November 23 & 24, and closed Saturday (11/25) except for basketball practices. City offices will be closed November 23 & 24 for the holiday as well.
About the Graham Recreation Center
The Graham Recreation Center is approximately 16,500 square feet in size and has a full-size gym that is approximately 6,600 square feet with bleachers and 4 basketball goals. The half-size gym or small gym is approximately 3,200 square feet in size and contains 2 basketball goals. Please no food or drinks in the gym, water only. There is one multi-purpose room available for rent which is equipped with tables and chairs for approximately 40 people.
Other amenities for the Graham Recreation Center include a weight and fitness room, lockers, changing areas, and shower areas in both restrooms, as well as a warming kitchen.
In the outdoors, the center features a large lighted playground with a Gaga Ball pit. Graham Recreation & Parks was an NCRPA Promotes Healthy Play & Recreation Statewide Initiative Awardee. As a National Demonstration Site (NDS) for a Play On! Playground, look for the sign by the playground and scan the QR Code on site to tell us how you used the space through the NDS User Reflection Survey. You can be part of a national initiative on the community value of play & recreation!
Weight & Fitness Room (updated hours begin 11/13/2023)
Days & Times:
Monday – Friday • 9:00am – 5:00pm
Ages: 16 & older only
Cost: $1.00 per visit for ages 16-54 years old, free for 55 & above (three-month & six-month passes are also available)
Available equipment: 2 treadmills, 1 elliptical, 1 stationary bike, free weights, universal weight station, & incline weight bench
To utilize the Weight & Fitness Room, just check in at the front desk, pay, and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Weight & Fitness Room Rules
Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm
For All Ages
When arriving, just check in at the front desk and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Appropriate non-marking athletic shoes are required.
Days & Times:
Monday & Wednesday • 12:00pm – 5:00pm
When arriving, just check in at the front desk, pay, and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Appropriate non-marking athletic shoes are required. Open Gym may be limited based on gym availability. Please no food or drinks in the gym, water only.
Days: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
Times: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (small gym only)
Open to all levels of play
When arriving, just check in at the front desk and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Appropriate non-marking athletic shoes are required. One court is available in the small gym. Pickleball may be limited based on court availability, reservations are not needed. Pickleball paddles and balls are available. Please no food or drinks in the gym, water only.
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Ages: For Adults of All Ages
Cost: $5 per class, call the Graham Recreation Center to register
Instructor: Beverly Jenkins
Please bring your own yoga mat. When arriving, just check in at the front desk and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Appropriate non-marking athletic shoes are required.
Date: 3rd Sunday of each month
Times: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (times updated 08/28/2023)
Ages: 30 years of age & up
Cost: $1 per person
Pick up basketball for individuals 30 years of age and up. When arriving, just check in at the front desk and be sure to complete the one-time waiver. Appropriate non-marking athletic shoes are required. For more information, please call the Graham Recreation Center at (336) 570-6718.
Days: Monday – Friday
Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm
1. Reside in Alamance County
2. Be age 60 or older
3. Be the spouse or a disabled individual who resides with an eligible senior
4. Be a volunteer at one of the congregate meal sites sponsored by ACCSA
5. A disabled individual that resides in a housing facility occupied primarily by older adults at which congregate nutrition services are provided.
About: The purpose of the Congregate Nutrition Program is to promote, maintain, and improve the health and well-being of older adults through the provision of a nutritionally balanced meal offered five days per week. The hours are from 9:00am through 1:00pm. During these hours, we also participate in a variety of activities with the participants which gives them an opportunity to socialize and interact. The meals are served at congregate sites throughout Alamance County (locations: Graham Recreation Center, Kernodle Senior Center, Burlington Homes). The meals are served by Alamance County Meals on Wheels (ACMOW) with the additional help of volunteers from local Community Colleges and Universities. For more information, please contact Penny with ACMOW at (336) 228-8815.
Days Offered: Tuesdays (beginners) & Thursdays (intermediate) – beginning the week of August 28
Times: 10:00am – 10:30am
Ages: For Adults of All Ages
Cost: $15 for 5 classes
Please bring your own notebook & pen, as well as the required cell phone/laptop. Space is limited. Online registration coming soon! For more information, please call the Graham Recreation Center at (336) 570-6718.
This program will not be offered at the Graham Recreation Center in 2023-2024 due to 21st Century Grant funding ending. Learn more about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County (SABGC) After School Program offered at 807 Stockard Street, Burlington, NC 27217 by calling (336) 227-5529 or visiting SABGC online.
|Graham Recreation Center||Graham Resident||General Public||Commercial|
(Gym #1, Gym #2, Room #1 & kitchen)
|$60 / hr. + staff fee||$120 / hr. + staff fee||$240 / hr. + staff fee|
|Room #1 (Multi-Purpose room, includes kitchen)||$20 / hr. + staff fee||$40 / hr. + staff fee||$80 / hr. + staff fee|
|Gym #1 (Full Gym, includes kitchen)||$30 / hr. + staff fee||$60 / hr. + staff fee||$120 / hr. + staff fee|
|Gym #2 (Half Gym, includes kitchen)||$25 / hr. + staff fee||$50 / hr. + staff fee||$100 / hr. + staff fee|
|Supervisory Staff Fee |
-Supervisory fees must be paid for all centers.
-An additional hour will be added to all rentals for staff preparations.
-Supervisory fees may be waived for the Graham Recreation Center during regular business hours and for full‐time employees of the City of Graham upon approval of the GRPD Director or Center Supervisor.
|$20 / hr.||$20 / hr.||$20 / hr.|
|Refundable Security Deposit||$50||$50||$50|
|Table & Chair Rentals*|
|8 ft. Tables – 10 Available (For Use Outside Center)||$3.00 per table per day, plus $50.00 refundable cash deposit||$3.00 per table per day, plus $50.00 refundable cash deposit||$3.00 per table per day, plus $50.00 refundable cash deposit|
|Chairs (For Use Outside of Center)||$0.25 per chair per day||$0.25 per chair per day||$0.25 per chair per day|
Seating/Standing – 620 (176 in bleachers)
Tables & Chairs – 221
Seating/Standing – 470
Activity Room #1
Seating/Standing – 49
Brian Faucette, CPRP
As a child, Brian who is a native of Graham, played baseball at Cooke Park, basketball at the Graham Recreation Center and pick-up football games at S. Graham Park. He graduated from Graham High School and then UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Recreation Administration. He began his career with the Graham Recreation and Parks Department in 2001 as the Center Supervisor. In 2003 he transitioned to Program Supervisor where he began the popular Thursday at Seven concert series in downtown Graham and the synthetic Ice Rink. He also partnered with area Recreation Departments to create the Yee Haw River Paddle and has served as the athletic coordinator for Alamance-Burlington Senior Games. Brian has served on the Boards of Alamance Arts and the Alamance County Children’s Museum. In 2017, Brian became the City of Graham’s second full-time Recreation Director.
Vicky Braniff, CPRP
(336) 570-6718 ext. 2
Vicky is a native of Pennsylvania where she attended Penn State University before moving to Wilmington and completing her Parks and Recreation Management Degree at UNC-Wilmington. She came to Graham after serving as Athletics Coordinator and Special Olympics Coordinator for Wilmington Parks and Recreation. Vicky serves on several boards and committees and assists with Alamance/Burlington Senior Games. In addition, she volunteers for NC Senior Games State Finals serving as a Tennis Event Manager. Vicky handles the management and supervision of the Graham Recreation Center, Maple Street Center, and Graham Civic Center as well as reservations and rentals for the Recreation Center, Civic Center, South Graham Park, Bill Cooke Park, and Graham Regional Park.
Tel Fehlhafer, CPRP, CPSI
Parks & Athletic Facilities Supervisor
Tel, known as the “Turf Dr.”, is a native of Illinois and attended the University of Tennessee, with an emphasis in Sports Turf Management. Tel is responsible for the maintenance and preparation of all the City’s Athletic Fields as well as the Athletic Fields at the Graham Middle School complex. Tel’s previous work experience includes working as the assistant groundskeeper for a professional baseball organization and was a head golf course superintendent for a semi/private golf course.
Steve Hadden, CPRP
Graham-Mebane Lake Warden
Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Before coming to Graham-Mebane Lake, Steve worked for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As Warden, Steve manages Lake operations and enforces Lake regulations. Graham-Mebane Lake hosts numerous fishing and ski tournaments throughout the year as well as daily boating and bank fishing.
Kristen Herndon, CPRE, CPO, MS
Kristen is from Greensboro, NC and received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Parks and Recreation Administration. After she graduated from App., Kristen moved out west to Colorado for four years and continued to raft guide on several rivers in the state. Kristen moved back to North Carolina in 2012 and received her Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Currently, she is responsible for the Mother’s & Father’s Day Programs, Slice of Summer, The Downtown Graham Ice Rink, Annual Downtown Graham Pumpkin Bash, Youth Fishing Day, Hall of Fame Banquet, and Movies in the park. Kristen also does the advertising and marketing for the Graham Recreation and Parks Department. She assists with Alamance/Burlington Senior Games and serves on many local committees. If you have any questions on the events mentioned above or would like to sponsor any of these events, please contact Kristen.
Kris Kloepping, CPRP, MS
Kris is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. His professional experience includes hospitality management, sport hospitality sales, coaching high school basketball, and collegiate game day operations. He joined the City of Graham as an intern in the athletic department in 2016. Kris coordinates year-round youth sports, including baseball, softball, spring & fall soccer, t-ball, flag football, and basketball. He also coordinates various youth summer athletic camps, clinics, and manages all athletic facilities. Kris also serves as Basketball Coordinator for the Statewide Athletics Committee (SWAC) and oversees the youth recreation state basketball tournaments in North Carolina each spring. To reserve athletic fields managed by the City of Graham or for more information about youth athletics, contact Kris.
Mailing Address for the Graham Recreation and Parks Department:
PO Drawer 357
Graham, NC 27253
City ordinance Sec. 12-16. – “Regulation of smoking in public places.” prohibits any type of smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco at any public place, including special events.
City ordinance Sec. 4-48. – “Parades, concerts, and special events; animals prohibited.” prohibits all pets/animals from any City of Graham special event.
City of Graham & FAA – “Policy for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Usage in Public Parks” prohibits the flying on drones in any area occupied by people and/or at special events. City of Graham Drone Policy