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PARKS AND RECREATION

 
     
         
 

The Town of Ramseur has two municipal parks offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities for area residents.

Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility
The Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility – often referred to as Ramseur Lake – is the site of a 127-acre lake and a 9-acre park. Located off Hwy 22 between Ramseur and Franklinville, the 392 million gallon lake serves as the water supply for the Town’s municipal water system and is home to a variety of fish species. Fishermen praise the excellent fishing, and the locals enjoy dropping a line from one of several piers, or taking a boat out for a relaxing outing. The lake offers a boat launch for boats with motors under 10 horsepower, or patrons may rent one of the Town-owned boats for a nominal fee. The Lake Warden also runs a full-service bait shop on site.

In August of each year Ramseur Lake hosts its annual Barry T. Richardson Youth Fishing Tournament.

Sponsored by area citizens, the tournament is open to children ages 5 to 15 and offers prizes for winners in two age groups. The combination of free fishing and free food brings out a crowd on a Saturday morning each year.

In addition to fishing, the park also provides paved parking for large groups, four picnic shelters, additional picnic tables with grills, restroom facilities, and a playground for the children. Ramseur Lake is a perfect location for family reunions, Sunday school parties, or just a relaxing afternoon. Shelters are often reserved weeks in advance, so be sure to contact the Lake Warden for availability of facilities.

Ramseur Lake is also home to the Town's Summer Concert Series. The series offers free, family-friendly concerts from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. one Saturday night each month during the months of May, June, July, and August. The 2014 series includes Big Time Party Band  on May 17, The Outliers Band on June 14, Scenic Roots on July 19, and Nu-Blu on August 16. The Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility is open from sunup to sundown Tuesday through Saturday and is closed on Monday. The Lake is closed November thru February. Click here  for a copy of the Lake Rules. For a list of fees associated with the lake,  click here  . For an application to rent boat space at the Lake  click here  . 

Allen H. Leonard Memorial Park
Named for former Recreation Chairman Allen Leonard, the Park is located off Brooklyn Avenue just across the river from Ramseur’s historic downtown. Known locally as Brooklyn Park, the nine-acre facility boasts recreational opportunities for the entire family. The Park, with its two little league ball fields, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, and ample parking is open all year long to area residents. The Park also provides access to Deep River. During the spring and summer months the Ramseur Athletic Association, a local nonprofit, utilizes the ball fields to offer a Cal Ripken baseball program for area youth. When not in use by the Athletic Association, the fields may be reserved for weekend tournaments or by individuals or civic groups. Please contact Town Hall to check on the availability of the fields and to reserve the fields.

The Park’s picnic shelter may be reserved by contacting Town Hall. To access the tennis courts, which remain locked when not in use, contact Town Hall during regular business hours or dial 9-1-1 to request that the Ramseur Police unlock the courts after hours.

 

Park locations and contact information:

Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility
Charles and marleneHutchins, Lake Wardens
Lake access from Ramseur Lake Road, Franklinville
Playground access from Wallace Street, Franklinville
P.O. Box 545
Ramseur, NC 27316
336-824-4646

Allen H. Leonard Park
Leonard Park Street, Ramseur
P.O. Box 545
Ramseur, NC 27316
336-824-8530

Ramseur Athletic Association
Call Town Hall at 336-824-8530 for current contact information.

 
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