Earlier this Fall, I had the opportunity to visit Clement Street Park in the Wallace, NC. The town is located in southern Duplin County and the town limits extend south into Pender County. I visited the park mid-morning on a workday and found I had the park to myself. While I love to visit a park when it is bustling with activity, it is also a treat to be the only on there.
The park is located in the heart of town at 513 SE Railroad Street. This 9.4-acre park has a lot of amenities and I can suspect it is well used due to its location. Originally the site of the Clement Elementary and High School, the park has reminders of both. In addition to a classroom building, much like the one I remember from my days in elementary school, there is a bell from the original Clement School which was on the site from 1879 to 1974. The plaque at the bell says the bell was dedicated to the all that attended and served at the school by the classes of 1948-1953. The story behind the name of the school and park can be found in the attached photos.
It was great to find a playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, volleyball, baseball/softball field, and an outdoor basketball court. The is a great walking trail meandering through the park. On adjacent properties, there is a gymnasium with stage, basketball and racquetball courts and a senior center.
While I enjoyed having the park to myself, my mind was able to see and hear people of all ages enjoying the park. Regardless of community size, parks are the center of activity. If your travels take you near Wallace add a visit to Clement Park to your agenda. More about Wallace Parks & Recreation can be found at http://www.wallacenc.gov/index.aspx?nid=253