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 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.
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.
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.
♦ 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…
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.
Apr 21, 2021
BESSEMER CITY, N.C., April 21, 2021 –Various federal and state officials joined U.S. Department of Agriculture North Carolina Rural Development in a groundbreaking ceremony at Stinger Park today.
USDA is investing $7.8 million to develop Stinger Park in Bessemer City.
The park will contain:
USDA obligated the initial loan for this project in September of 2019. The city has requested subsequent funding needed to complete the park.
“This last year showed us the value of parks in our local communities,” said a representative from North Carolina USDA Rural Development. “The ability to get outside and have a place to enjoy the openness of nature is gift and Bessemer City is giving this rural community.”
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visitwww.rd.usda.gov.
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
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Bessemer City, NC 28016