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John Chavis Memorial Park

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Year 1937 | Acres 28.87 | Landmarks Near Shaw University

Home to the No. 2, Special Three Abreast, Allan Herschell Carousel since 1937.  In April 2016, John Chavis Memorial Park was added to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.  The park also includes a half-mile section of the Capital Area Greenway Trail.



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

Carousel | 919-996-3286
Scott Mott, 919-996-6463
Historic Resources and Museum Program


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



Park Alerts

Design rendering of the future John Chavis Memorial Park community center
  • The north parking lot, playground, pool area, and tennis courts are closed for renovation. 
  • During the renovation of John Chavis Memorial Park, as a convenient alternative, Wake County's early voting for the 2020 primary will be available at Roberts Park Community Center. For the schedule and full list of locations, visit
  • The following park facilities remain open: the community center, outdoor track, fields, Historic Allan Herschell Carousel, greenway trail, picnic shelters, and areas west of the stream.

Read more about the John Chavis Memorial Park Phase 1 Improvements

Community Center

The front of the John Chavis Community Center with stairs and foliage in bloom

Center Programs

Community Center Amenities

weight machines and treadmills within chavis park fitness room

Fitness Room

The fitness room has two treadmills, stationary bike, elliptical machine, free weights, and ADA-compliant universal machine. The monthly pass is $10, must be 18 or older.

air hockey and fooseball tables with folded up ping pong table at the chavis park game room

Game Room

The game room has board games, an air hockey table, a foosball table, television, and ping pong. 

empty full court view of gymnasium inside chavis park community center

Gymnasium at the John Chavis Memorial Park community center


Seats 300, has several basketball hoops and is available as a rental for $65 an hour.

View other court locations.

Historic Allan Herschell Carousel

Family with two girls smiling on the carousel horses at chavis park

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.

Outdoor Track

track lanes with grassy field at chavis park
  • Walking track with sprint lanes
  • Lighted
  • Water fountain and benches


dirt baseball field surround by grass outfield and lights at chavis park

Youth Baseball Field #2

  • Distance: 185ft
  • Lighting: Yes

Multipurpose Field

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

For field rentals, please contact Athletics at 919-996-2154. View other field locations.

Rentals (Shelters, Fields, Rooms)

medium sized round picnic shelter with grass and flowers in bloom around it.

Shelter 3

John Chavis Memorial Park has meeting rooms, two fields, dance room, media center, picnic shelters and gymnasiums available for rent. 

Find rates and other rental information


Community Center Hours

10:00 am-9:00 pm
10:00 am-9:00 pm
10:00 am-9:00 pm
10:00 am-9:00 pm
10:00 am-9:00 pm
9:00 am-6:00 pm
noon - 6:00 pm

Carousel Hours

10:00 am-2:30 pm
10:00 am-2:30 pm
10:00 am-2:30 pm
10:00 am-2:30 pm
10:00 am-2:30 pm
10:00 am-2:30 pm
12:00 pm-6:00 pm