PARKS UPDATE: Beginning the week of October 17, 2022, the water fountains at Graham Regional Park and Bill Cooke Park’s Dog Park will be turned off for the season’s freezing temperatures ahead. Remember to grab your water bottle for park visits!
Graham Regional Park
1575 North Jim Minor Road
Haw River, NC 27258
Zipline Repairs Underway: Unfortunately the zipline at Graham Regional Park is closed until further notice for repairs. But feel free to enjoy all the other amazing amenities the park has to offer!
playUNITED Inclusive Playground’s Sandbox Permanently Closed: Due to sand causing damage to playground equipment throughout the Inclusive Playground, the sandbox has been removed. Our goal is to add additional playground features to the area in the future.
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About Graham Regional Park
Graham Regional Park opened on April 12, 2017, the first 18 acres phase features: a youth challenge course, a zipline, a paved accessible mixed-use trail (.3 mile), a swing-set, slides, climbing boulders, a landscaped water feature, workout equipment, bike rack, a Little Free Library, and plenty of open green space to play and for all types of recreational activities.
Well-behaved, leashed dogs (short leash and in hand) are welcome in our parks, on walking tracks, and along the trails. Please help keep our parks clean by cleaning up after your pet.
This is a tobacco-free, smoke-free, vape-free park.
Graham Regional Park features one open-air picnic shelter. Reservations are recommended for the use of the picnic shelter for scheduled events. First come, first served if there is not a reservation. Park Shelter reservations are available Year Round beginning in 2023 (November – March available from 10:00am – 2:00pm only). Includes a covered grill & electricity. (The shelter located by the playUNITED Inclusive Playground is first come, first served only.)
Shelter Size: 27′ x 44′ = 79 capacity, seating for 36
Times: 10:00am – 2:00pm OR 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Graham Resident $25 per reservation period
General Public $50 per reservation period
What to Know Before Renting a Shelter
Reserve A Shelter
Please contact the Graham Recreation Center for more information about reservations at (336) 570-6718.
The playUNITED Inclusive Playground
The newest playground in Graham’s parks system provides a play space for children of all ages and abilities. A place where all can play together…grown-ups too!
The Graham Recreation and Parks Department opened the newest addition to Graham Regional Park, the playUNITED Inclusive Playground, in September 2020. The playground was funded in part by a $500,000 Connect NC bond grant. It was designed with the assistance of teachers from the Department of Exceptional Children of Alamance-Burlington School System, intended to provide a play environment that addresses the physical and social needs of all ages and abilities. It’s a space in which families can actively engage and play. The playground features a poured-in-place rubberized surface; zero entry*, double wide decking to access two large play units featuring multiple slides, play panels, climbing opportunities, and a rocking feature; a double zip line featuring a Zero-G seat**; several swings featuring expression swings and Zero-G seats; a merry-go-all; two colorful “shadow play” elements; semi-confined, safe areas that allow children to choose when or if they will fully engage in the play environment; shade structures; multiple benches and the entire playground is secured by fencing. The Inclusive Playground qualifies as a National Demonstration Site for PlayCore. It is the belief of the Graham Recreation and Parks Department that this playground will be life-changing for the residents of Graham and the surrounding area.
The Graham Recreation & Parks Department was a NCRPA Promotes Healthy Play & Recreation Statewide Initiative Awardee. As a National Demonstration Site (NDS) for an Inclusive Playground, look for the sign by the playground (coming soon!) 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!
*Zero Entry is a universal design that provides easy access for all users.
**Zero-G Seat is a swing that promotes inclusivity and assists children who require additional support.
playUNITED Inclusion Policy – The Graham Recreation and Parks Department (GRPD) is committed to creating and promoting inclusion across all spaces, places, facilities, and programs the department manages. The inclusion policy entitled playUNITED will guide the GRPD when developing facilities and programs, and establishing supporting practices to ensure everyone has access to the benefits of quality parks and recreation. playUNITED Inclusion Policy
May 26, 2021, was the beginning of a great partnership with the Alamance County Soil and Water Conservation District and we have continued this partnership into 2022. In the large field at Graham Regional Park, we came together to plant a pollinator plot using the district’s no-till drill. The seed mix consists of soybeans, iron clay peas, buckwheat, sorghum, black oil, and peredovik sunflowers. Not only does planting a mixture of seeds help our pollinators, but it also provides cover and seeds for small mammals and birds, as well as keeps the soil covered and protected from erosion. Special thanks as well to the City of Graham’s Public Works Department for helping us plant the field!
In the Fall of 2022, we are planting the field with a cover crop of Crimson Clover. The benefits…cover crops improve soil quality and weed suppression alongside other uses. Crimson Clover (nitrogen fixer) gives your garden a green boost…and is great for our pollinators!
Plan Your Visit:
- When visiting, be sure to just look and not pick, to save the view for others…and our pollinator friends.
- Please keep children and dogs from wandering into the field
- Dogs are welcome, but keep dogs on a short leash in hand and clean up after your pet
- Wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared for uneven surfaces around the field
- Bug spray & sunscreen are recommended
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The Future of Graham Regional Park
To view future plans for the expansion of this park, please visit the Future Park Plans. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on projects!
City ordinance Sec. 4-48. – “Parades, concerts, and special events; animals prohibited.” prohibits all pets/animals from any City of Graham special event.
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. 14-96. – “Selling, peddling, etc.” It shall be unlawful for any person or group to engage in soliciting, peddling, begging, or selling of any item in a park. This would include the marketing of any food merchandise within the facility unless written authority is given by the city, the recreation and parks department or its designated agents. ((Code 1983, § 9-71; Ord. of 9-1-1981, § 14; Ord. of 3-5-1996(3))
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
The Nature Trail at South Graham Park and Graham-Mebane Lake are ecoEXPLORE HotSpots with The North Carolina Arboretum. What is an ecoEXPLORE HotSpot? “ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science.” Learn more, sign up online, and find ecoEXPLORE HotSpots in our area at ecoEXPLORE.
Need nature adventure gear? The Alamance County Public Libraries are ecoEXPLORE LoanSpots where participants can borrow day packs filled with nature science equipment to help make observations…you just need a library card!