Parks and Facilities


Community Center Renovation Project...COMPLETED!Bessemer City Park and Community CenterUptown ParkFounders ParkKevin Millwood ParkKiser Senior CenterGaston County ParkPicnic Shelter and Ball Field ReservationsIndian Springs ParkState ParksFrequently Asked QuestionsStaff/Contacts:


Several years ago, an advisory group was formed with interested stakeholders who provided critical input to the City Council on the City’s recreation department programmatic needs. These stakeholders include representatives of the local school system, local government, citizen groups such as the Little Theatre Group, Women’s Club, Optimist, American Legion, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Bessemer City Merchants Association to name a few.  As a result of this effort, it was determined that the City really needed to update its 1970s-era community center in order to provide the space for community events and programs to meet current needs in the community that will serve seniors and low and moderate income residents.

Thus, a process commenced to seek funding for such a project.  With the assistance of consulting firm Martin-McGill, the City embarked on a process to prepare a CDBG Catalyst grant application.  The application was successful and the City received a $500,000 award to help offset costs of the $1.2 million rehabilitation project.  Construction was finished in June 2016.

Local government has decided that the rehabilitated community center will be programmed to respond to the most acute community needs.  The renovated, multi-use facility will benefit all age groups, but it will pay special attention to residents who are low to moderate income.  Residents of this community need a combination of recreational activities and self-help opportunities to improve their quality of life. It is widely known that young people need something to do, but it is also true that seniors and other adults can benefit from a flexible, multi-use facility that can offer a range of activities that are open to the public. The rehabilitated community center will bring diverse user groups together to assist in the revitalization of this small, rural community.

Project Results

Bessemer City successfully renovated and expanded the existing 5,000+ square foot facility in the City Park and Recreation Center that is redesigned and equipped to offer numerous activities at the same time for different groups.  The park is strategically located so that its activities are within walking distance of several low income neighborhoods, bringing those residents even closer to the hub of local activity.  The upgraded facility has a large multi-purpose meeting space capable of arrangements for auditorium or banquet style, a renovated kitchen, administrative offices, and a computer room.

 City Council believes that this community center will have a positive impact on the entire community.

About CDBG Catalyst Funding

The North Carolina Catalyst Program (NC Catalyst for short) offered non-entitlement municipalities the opportunity to tailor a project to meet the community development needs specific and most critical to their locality, primarily for their low- and moderate-income residents.   In 2012, the state of North Carolina received $5 million in Catalyst funding, of which Bessemer City was awarded the maximum grant amount of $500,000.  The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and fair housing principles apply to recipient communities.  For more information about fair housing initiatives, please visit HUD’s website.  Bessemer City’s Fair Housing & Complaint Procedure can be accessed here.   For more information, please contact James Inman, City Manager.

N.C. 161 and Crowders Mountain Road. Community Center hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Features: Swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelter, playground and community center.To rent the Community Building call 704-729-6465 or visit the Kiser Senior Center located at 123 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Swimming Pool Rental applications begin each year at 8:00am on April 1 of each year at the Bessemer City Community Building for the upcoming season.
Across from City Hall, 132 W. Virginia Ave.
Features: A gazebo, picnic tables shaded by city’s Christmas tree and benches.
100 block of East Virginia Avenue
Features: Picnic benches.
Washington Avenue by old Central School facility
Features: Three ball fields — Little League field and two softball fields.
123 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Bessemer City
Features: Fitness room, laptop computers available. Programs and classes available for seniors 55 and older. 704-729-6465
Crowders Mountain-Bessemer City Road in Bessemer City
Size: 35 Acre Park.
Ball Fields:
Baseball Field – (1 lighted)
Softball Fields – (1 lighted)
Little League Fields – (2 lighted)
Soccer / Football Field – (1 lighted).
Picnic Facilities:
Two (2) covered shelters.
Other Facilities:
Walking / Jogging Track – (lighted)
Play Equipment
To reserve a picnic shelter or ball field, call the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department at 704-922-2160. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis.
South Skyland Drive
Features: Basketball courts, picnic tables, grills and playground.
Crowders Mountain State Park
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 853-5375Hiking, rock climbing, camping, picnics, education and events, fishing. For more information, click hereto visit the Crowders Mountain State Park website.

Parks and Recreation

Our team schedules are handed out to each participant before the start of each season. You may call the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-629-5111 for schedule information.

No. Tennis courts and picnic shelters are on a first come first serve basis.

Community Building and Recreation Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.

To register for classes and programs call the Parks and Recreation Office at 704-629-5111.

For Senior Activities and/or classes call 704.729.6465

To rent the Community Building call 704-729-6465 or visit the Kiser Senior Center located at 123 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Bessemer City, NC.

Swimming Pool Rentals begin each year at 8:00am on April 1 of each year at the Bessemer City Community Building.

Jo-D Franklin

Parks & Recreation Director City of Bessemer CityParks and Recreation Department
220 South 14th Street Bessemer City, North Carolina 28016 704-833-0385

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