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Martha Rivers Youth Sports Complex

The park features four, lighted soccer fields; three, lighted youth baseball fields; one lighted youth softball field, two batting cages, and a scorers’ tower with a concessions stand and restrooms. There is one small play area within the baseball complex area.  Paved walking trails loop around the outer edge of the baseball fields, playground and soccer fields with several adjoining crossovers to vary distance and geography.  There are two large picnic shelters, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe courts, and a restroom building.

The highlight for most children who visit the park is the result of Operation Playground – a one-acre playground designed by children, and built by hundreds of community volunteers who were organized by a group of dedicated citizens using thousands of private fund donations.  The largely wooden structure, simply referred to as “the castle” consists of multiple levels and includes such features as a fort, a ship, a race car, swings, slides, a sand pit in which to dig “dinosaur” bones, places to hide, things to climb, places to explore and more, all interconnected by a series of ramps and catwalks above a safe, rubberized surface.


  • 1515 Neal Hawkins Rd
  • Gastonia, NC


  • Telephone: 704.869.1018
 Martha Rivers Youth Sports Complex

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