Let’s Swarm Together…

In 2015, Bessemer City began the journey of developing a new park for citizens and visitors to enjoy.  The vision was to create a space that is inclusive, accessible and diverse.  The vision for Stinger Park was born out of the idea that it can serve Bessemer City not only as a recreational park, but also as a tourism destination, economic driver and catalyst for growth.

Stinger Park Mission Statement

Stinger Park is a life enhancing experience that allows all socio-economic communities to swarm together through health, wellness, and cultural elements that ultimately improve quality of life for the community and betters the environment for building a colony of success in Bessemer City.

What To Expect…


Stinger Park will be the home to three (3) tournament-style baseball/softball fields.  Fields will host regional tournament leagues as well as be accessible for the general public.

Stinger Park’s premier field will be the showcase area that will not only host baseball and softball, but also potentially be used for future entertainment.

Multipurpose Fields

Located close to Bessemer City Primary and Central Elementary Schools, Stinger Park will include two (2) multipurpose fields for football and soccer.  These fields will also be used by tournament leagues and the general public.  This area will also be easily accessible to students from both schools.

Tennis & Pickle-Ball

Stinger Park will include two (2) tennis courts and two (2) pickle-ball courts for the general public.

Concessions & Restrooms

Concessions and restrooms will be easily accessible for visitors of Stinger Park.  Concessions will be available during tournaments and other large-scale uses.

Playground & Workout Equipment

Stinger Park will include two (2) playground areas that will include accessible features for all.  A playground will be located near the multipurpose fields and another in the park’s plaza area.

Accessible, stationary workout equipment can be found in the plaza area, too.

Greenway/Walking Trail(s)

Stinger Park will include walking paths and trails over the 40 acre site connecting park features to existing neighborhoods.  Residents will be able to access the park by trail off of North 9th Street and Jacourt Lane (Ashley Park subdivision).  It is the City’s goal to increase pedestrian accessibility to the park from North 12th Street in the future by sidewalk.

The greenway planned for the park (following Gibson Branch Creek) will eventually connect further into the community as part of a larger greenway network including the Carolina Thread Trail.

Stinger Park Funding Sources

Grants & Financing
  • $500,000.00 Gaston County Township Grant (CaroMont Health)
  • $500,000.00 North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant
  • Loan Financing Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Project Goals

♦ Health & Wellness

Providing health and wellness opportunities to the general public…

♦ Accessibility & Connectivity

Accessible for all and connected to the community…

♦ Economic Development

A catalyst for tourism and growth…

Stinger Park Project Partners

Who is Making It Possible
  • Bessemer City
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF)
  • Gaston County
  • Gaston County Schools
  • McGill Associates
  • Neill Grading & Construction

Location Of Stringer Park…

Note- Vehicular access to the park will be off of North 12th Street sharing an entrance with Bessemer City Primary School.

Tell Us What Excites You About Stinger Park…

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