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John Chavis Memorial Park


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Community Center Historic Allan Herschell Carousel Playgrounds Outdoor Track Tennis Court Fields Rentals (Shelters, Fields, Rooms)

Year 1937 | Acres 28.87 | Landmarks Near Shaw University

Home to the No. 2, Special Three Abreast, Allan Herschell Carousel since 1937. It also has a half-mile section of the Capital Area Greenway Trail.

NOTE: The John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel will be affected by closures and hour adjustments from December 4-16, 2019. It will be open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

The north parking lot, playground, pool area, and tennis courts are closed for renovation.

The following park facilities will remain open to the public: the community center, outdoor track, fields, Historic Allan Herschell Carousel, greenway trail, picnic shelters, and areas west of the stream.

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Contact

 

Community Center| 919-831-6989
Carousel | 919-996-3286
Director Denise Hill
Assistant Director Adrian Starks

Address

John Chavis Memorial
505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27601

Community Center

Center Programs

Community Center Amenities

  • Gymnasium: Seats 300, basketball courts, available as a rental
  • Media center
  • Dance room
  • Community room
  • Game room: board games, air hockey, foosball, television and ping pong. 
  • Club room: equipped with technology from Lenovo
  • Fitness room: two treadmills, stationary bike, elliptical machine, free weights and ADA-compliant universal machine. Monthly pass is $10, must be 18 or older.
  • Pool: closed for renovations. 

Historic Allan Herschell Carousel

NOTE: The John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel will be affected by closures and hour adjustments from December 4-16, 2019. It will be open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

The carousel, circa 1923, was purchased in 1937 for $4,000. The band organ is a Wurlitzer 146A with an ornately carved and decorated facade. Carousel hours vary depending on the season and may close early due to inclement weather.

  • Tickets are $1.50 for all riders 1 year of age and older.
  • Riders 12 months and younger are free with a paying adult.
  • Riders must be 42 inches tall to ride unaccompanied.
  • Ticket Sales close 10 minutes prior to closing.

For more information call 919-996-3286.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds are closed for renovation.

Outdoor Track

  • Walking track with sprint lanes
  • Lighted
  • Water fountain and benches

Tennis Court

Tennis court is closed for renovations.

Fields

Youth Baseball Field #2

  • Distance: 185ft
  • Lighting: Yes

Multipurpose Field

  • 300' x 210'
  • Field not lighted (lighting on track only)

Rentals (Shelters, Fields, Rooms)

Community Room

  • Capacity: 49
  • 34' x 28'
  • $30/hour

Media Center

  • Capacity: 170
  • 44' x 38'
  • $75/hour

Dance Room

  • Capacity: 49
  • $65/hour

Gymnasium

  • Capacity: 300
  • Basketball courts with tile floor
  • 3 sets of bleachers
  • $65/hour

Shelter #1

  • Capacity: 25
  • Tables: 4
  • Grills: 1
  • Not rentable at this time
  • No electricity
  • Located close to the playground

Shelter #2

  • Capacity: 70
  • Tables: 26
  • Grills: 3
  • $12/hour
  • No electricity
  • Located across the bridge, behind the carousel

Shelter #3

  • Capacity: 36-60
  • Tables: 8
  • Grills: 1
  • $7/hr
  • No electricity

Shelter #4

  • Capacity: 36-60
  • Tables: 6
  • Grills: 1
  • No electricity
  • No reservations - first come first serve

Community Center Hours

 
Monday:
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday:
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday:
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday:
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday:
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday:
9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday:
noon - 6:00 pm

Carousel Hours

 
Monday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Tuesday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Wednesday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Thursday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Friday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Saturday:
10:00 am-2:30 pm
Sunday:
12:00 pm-6:00 pm