The May 26 Town Council work session will be held remotely and can be view on the Town's Facebook page starting at 6 p.m. 

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 Facilities Address
Avery Street Annex 201 Avery St.
Avery Street Recreation Center 125 Avery St.
Centennial Park 1015 New Bethel Church Road
Cloverdale Park 1603 Meadowbrook Drive
Creech Road Elementary School Park 440 Creech Road
Creech Road Tennis Courts 190 Creech Road
Garner Performing Arts Center 742 W. Garner Road
Garner Recreational Park 221 E. Garner Road
Garner Senior Center 205 E. Garner Road
Greenbrier Park 613 Winterlochen Drive
Jaycee Park Sycamore Drive
Lake Benson Park 921 Buffaloe Road
Lake Benson Boathouse 975 Buffaloe Road
Rand Mill Park 608 Rand Mill Road
South Garner Park 1210 Poole Drive
Thompson Road Park 550 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 Area Phone Number
Adult and Senior Adult Programs 779-0122
Arts and Theater (adults) 661-4602
Arts and Theater (youth) 661-4602
Athletics 662-5051
Athletic Field Reservations 773-4438
Avery Street Recreation Center 662-5051
Garner Performing Arts Center 661-4602
Garner Senior Center 779-0122
Nature and Outdoor Programs 661-6982
Picnic Shelter Reservations 773-4442
Preschool Programs 890-7301
Special Events 773-4442
Summer Day Camp (GEKO) 890-7301
Youth and Teen Programs 890-7301

Cultural Resources

Garner Performing Arts Center 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

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 agency Contact information
Garner AAU Flames (select girls basketball) 880-1258
Garner American Legion (select youth baseball) 772-8071
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 Cheerleading 779-5297
Meals on Wheels of Wake County 833-1749
Miss Garner Scholarship Pageant 349-8559
Optimist Boys Winter Basketball (ages 8-13) 772-8223
Resources for Seniors 872-7933
Towne Players of Garner 779-6144