Recreation

If you’re seeking the perfect place to call home, there’s no better place than right here in Garner – a town that offers all those big “quality of life” amenities for which everyone searches, all in one convenient package. Garner boasts access to:

  • a temperate yearly climate featuring four distinct seasons;
  • world-class performing arts, museums and cultural festivals;
  • sports teams ranging from major league hockey to collegiate basketball to recreational league offerings.


And when you need to get away from it all, vacation options abound, practically in our own backyard. Whether you prefer the mountains, the beach or somewhere in between, you’re within hours of your destination. It’s all here – life doesn’t get any better than in Garner.

Parks and Facilities

Whether you’re an avid nature lover or are simply looking for a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh air, Garner’s got the perfect place. The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department manages 11 parks totaling 350 acres, 271 of which are active acres. The town offers a plethora of recreational options, including over 4 miles of paved trails, 12 playgrounds, 12 picnic shelters, 14 athletic fields, six tennis courts, an indoor recreation center, a center for seniors and a seasonal boathouse.

Parks and FacilitiesAddress
Avery Street Annex201 Avery St.
Avery Street Recreation Center125 Avery St.
Centennial Park1015 New Bethel Church Road
Cloverdale Park1603 Meadowbrook Drive
Creech Road Elementary School Park440 Creech Road
Creech Road Tennis Courts190 Creech Road
Garner Performing Arts Center742 W. Garner Road
Garner Recreational Park221 E. Garner Road
Garner Senior Center205 E. Garner Road
Greenbrier Park613 Winterlochen Drive
Jaycee ParkSycamore Drive
Lake Benson Park921 Buffaloe Road
Lake Benson Boathouse975 Buffaloe Road
Rand Mill Park608 Rand Mill Road
South Garner Park1210 Poole Drive
Thompson Road Park550 Thompson Road
White Deer Park (and Nature Center)2400 Aversboro Road


Recreation Programs and Events

From athletics and special events to the arts and the outdoors, Garner offers a full slate of activities for people of all ages and walks of life. The Independence Day Celebration is the town’s biggest signature event, eagerly awaited all year by the 20,000 people that typically attend. Other signature events during the year the Spring Eggstravaganza, the Music Off Main downtown concert series, the Halloween-themed Goblins in the Park and Light Up Main and the Christmas Parade in early December.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department distributes an activities brochure for town residents three times a year. Non-residents can receive the brochure by calling the department at 919-773-4442. To learn more about the department’s various programming, you can phone the following areas:

Program AreaPhone Number
Adult and Senior Adult Programs779-0122
Arts and Theater (adults)661-4602
Arts and Theater (youth)661-4602
Athletics662-5051
Athletic Field Reservations773-4438
Avery Street Recreation Center662-5051
Garner Performing Arts Center661-4602
Garner Senior Center779-0122
Nature and Outdoor Programs661-6982
Picnic Shelter Reservations773-4442
Preschool Programs890-7301
Special Events773-4442
Summer Day Camp (GEKO)890-7301
Youth and Teen Programs890-7301


Cultural Resources

The Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium) presents nationally renowned entertainment including top Broadway performers, beloved comedians and a variety of American musical traditions ranging from jazz to bluegrass. For more information on GPAC and the performing arts in Garner, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

Community Support

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department also supports many of the community groups that provide additional activities and services to the Garner area.

Community agencyContact information
Garner AAU Flames (select girls basketball)880-1258
Garner American Legion (select youth baseball)772-8071
Garner Area Soccer Association (ages 5-17)www.garnersoccer.com
Garner Area Youth Sports League (ages 5-14 baseball)779-2499
Garner Area Youth Sports League (ages 5-18 softball)779-2499
Garner Baseball, Inc. (ages 5-18)779-6911
Garner Civitan Pop Warner Football (ages 5-15)418-3062
Garner Civitan Pop Warner Cheerleading779-5297
Meals on Wheels of Wake County833-1749
Miss Garner Scholarship Pageant349-8559
Optimist Boys Winter Basketball (ages 8-13)772-8223
Resources for Seniors872-7933
Towne Players of Garner779-6144


Recent Developments

With dramatic growth over the past several years, the Town of Garner continues to enhance and expand the area’s recreational facilities. Recent projects include:

  • White Deer Park, a 96-acre mostly passive park that opened in November 2009. The park two miles of paved trails, two playgrounds, five picnic shelters and a LEED Gold Certified Nature Center that offers year-round educational programming.
  • South Garner Greenway, a one-mile paved trail that includes a bridge over wetlands and is part of a 2.2-mile walking trail that connects White Deer and Lake Benson Parks. The greenway, which opened in October 2011, also connects to a four-mile sidewalk loop along Timber Drive, Aversboro Road, Vandora Springs Roads and Seventh Avenue. The trail will eventually link up to the proposed Swift Creek Greenway Regional Trail, which will connect Garner to additional Wake County trails and beyond.
  • An expansion of the Garner Senior Center, including the addition of a fitness annex.
  • Development of Creech Road Elementary School Park and Centennial Park.
  • Renovation of the Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly known as Garner Historic Auditorium). Improvements include more comfortable seating, a revamped stage area and new backstage sound, lighting and scenery systems.