10 Summertime things to do with Fayetteville Parks

  1. Gulley Summer Park Concert Series: This summer, we are celebrating our 21st anniversary of FREE Gulley Park summer concerts. Concerts are held on Thursday nights and the next one will be June 22.

2. Wilson Park Pool and Dive In Movies: The Wilson Park Pool season runs from Saturday June 3 through Sunday, August 13. The pool offers recreational swimming and swim lessons, as well as FREE Dive-In Movies on Friday nights.

3. Fayetteville Race Series: Get ready for the Splash and Dash aquathlon in August — a fun race that combines swimming and running for children ages 7–16.

4. Lake Fayetteville Trail — Lake Fayetteville Boat and Bike Rentals offers everyone a way to get out on the trails and the water. You can rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, small fishing boats, pontoons, and fishing poles!

5. Lake Wilson Park (off-leash dog park) — This park on S. Lake Wilson Road offers hiking, pavillion, and picnic areas, as well as 28 acres of water and is the city’s only off-leash dog park.

6. Summer Recreation Programs — There are a number of outdoor programs for children from adventure camps to soccer, tennis and even drama camps. Check out this page for registration and program details.

7. Yvonne Richardson Community Center — The YRCC has youth camps and programs, adult programs, open family gym time and community events.

8. Kessler Mountain Regional Park — If you haven’t visited Kessler Mountain Regional Park yet, you really need to go! Opened just last summer, there are vast meadows, steep rolling hillsides, beautiful bluffs and mature native forests in addition to multi-purpose park amenities and sporting venues.

9. Walker Park Activities — One of Fayetteville’s oldest parks, Walker Park is home to youth baseball, a skate park, sand volleyball, tennis, basketball, handball, soccer, disc golf, picnic areas and pavillions, playgrounds, open space play areas, community gardens, and the Senior Activity Wellness Center.

10. Enjoy the Historic Square Gardens managed by the Parks staff — Every year, thousands of residents enjoy the gardens and plants around the historic Old Post Office, host of the Farmer’s Market, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, from early April through November.

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