Guide to Garner 2018-19 edition - Page 13

PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES The Town’s nationally accredited Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department coordinates a huge variety of programs for all age groups, earning numerous awards including the Playful City USA honor for four consecutive years (as of 2017). Cultural, artistic, social, recreational and athletic programs are offered year- round. The department mails a brochure with comprehensive program and special events listings to Garner households twice a year. The brochure and a link to sign up for programs is at parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources (see pages 18-19 for more on special events). Garner PRCR manages 12 parks totaling more than 475 acres. These parks feature open space, athletic courts and fi elds, picnic shelters, playgrounds, walking trails and more. South Garner Park (1210 Poole Road) and Garner Recreational Park (221 E. Garner Road) have ballfi elds with new concessions buildings fi nanced with bond proceeds. Another recent addition made possible by bonds is the picnic shelter at Garner Recreational Park, which can accommodate 75 people and is available for rental. Lake Benson Park and White Deer Park also have picnic shelters for rental. Call (919) 773-4442 for reservations. The Town’s passive parkland includes White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road, (919) 661- 6982), which features a LEED Gold-certifi ed Nature Center, and Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road, (919) 661-6982), location of the Garner Veterans Memorial (see page 22 for details). There are several miles of paved and unpaved trails in White Deer and Lake Benson Parks, including the South Garner Greenway. The Town has two new dog parks—in Garner Recreational Park and Lake Benson Park— which also were made possible by bonds. Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road, (919) 662-5703) is open weekends during warm-weather months and rents jon boats (with or without motors), canoes and kayaks. There is free fi shing from the boathouse dock when the boathouse is open. In summer 2018, Garner PRCR’s largest facility—and the Town’s largest capital project ever—will be completed. The Garner Recreation Center, located at the corner of Main and Montague Streets, will be nearly 40,000 square feet. It will have three regulation-size high school basketball courts, an elevated walking track and space for fi tness classes, youth programming and arts and crafts classes. Garner PRCR also operates Avery Street Recreation Center and Annex (125 Avery St.), where fun, affordable programming and events are held throughout the year for youth and adults. The Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) is a bustling hub of activity in downtown Garner. For more information on activities and services at the center, including the Meals on Wheels program, call the center at (919) 779- 0122, visit recreation-and-cultural-resources or look for the center on Facebook. Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) hosts many outstanding performances and events throughout the year (see pages 20- 21 for more details and contact information). Garner PRCR and a number of PRCR facilities are active on social media, where they encourage you to #DiscoverPlayCelebrate. 11