This week’s park visit took me to Pembroke, NC, the 2017 Small Town of the Year as awarded by the NC Rural Center. Located in Robeson County which is along our state’s southern border, Pembroke Parks and Recreation offers a lot for their just under 3000 citizens in some creative ways. All of their facilities are located at the Pembroke Recreation Complex including the parks and recreation office.
The Pembroke Recreation Complex opened in 2008. This complex houses fields for soccer, sand volleyball courts, outdoor basketball courts, a walking trail, 4 baseball/softball fields, batting cages, and a picnic shelter. The scorer’s tower in the hub of the 4 field complex houses a concession stand, restrooms and the parks and recreation director’s office. Pembroke has no indoor facilities and this is where the creativity and partnerships come into play. The department partners with the Boys & Girls Club and the school system for use of gym space, while senior programs are hosted by the housing authority and fire department. This was the first time I had heard of programs being hosted at a fire department. After learning about this, I thought about how wonderful it is that unlikely partnerships are allowing services to be provided.
I visited this park while many schools were observing spring break. There were children of various ages playing on the playground while parents and grandparents watched. The walking trail was being used and people were enjoying the park benches throughout the park. It made me smile to see a child riding his bike and so many people enjoying themselves at the park on what was a beautiful day.
For more information on Pembroke Parks & Recreation visit https://www.pembrokenc.com/parks--recreation