Reserve an Open-Air Park Shelter: Shelter reservations are accepted from April 1 – October 31 (April 1 – September 30 for Graham-Mebane Lake). Reservations are recommended for the use of the open-air park shelters for scheduled events. First come, first served if there is not a reservation. Reservations can be made online or at the Graham Recreation Center (or at the Graham-Mebane Lake Office for the Lake Shelter). Rentals must be made 72 hours in advance. Payment is due at the time of reservation.
Graham Regional Park
1575 North Jim Minor Road
Haw River, NC 27258
Sunrise till Sunset
About Graham Regional Park
Graham Regional Park opened on April 12, 2017, the first 18 acres phase features: a youth challenge course, zipline, a paved accessible mixed-use trail (.3 mile), swing-set, slides, climbing boulders, a landscaped water feature, workout equipment, bike rack, and plenty of open green space to play and for all types of recreational activities. Be sure to stop by the sunscreen station by the restrooms before beginning your adventure!
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 shelters for scheduled events. First come, first served if there is not a reservation. Shelter reservations are accepted from April 1 – October 31. Includes a covered grill & electricity.
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
Please contact the Graham Recreation Center for more information about reservations at (336) 570-6718.
The playUNITED Inclusive Playground
The newest playground to 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.
May 26, 2021 was the beginning of a great partnership with the Alamance County Soil and Water Conservation District. In the large field and along a hillside 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, and black oil sunflowers. Not only does planting a mixture of seed help our pollinators, it 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! Follow us on Facebook throughout the summer for updates and the grand finale…the SUNFLOWERS (August 2021)!
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 sunflowers
- 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
The Future of Graham Regional Park
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