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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
Carousel | 919-996-3286
Director Denise Hill
Assistant Director Adrian Starks


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

Park Alerts

Design rendering of the future John Chavis Memorial Park community center

Design rendering of the future John Chavis Memorial Park community center in the daytime. 

  • The north parking lot, playground, pool area, and tennis courts are closed for renovation. 
  • During the renovation of John Chavis Memorial Park, 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

Center Programs

Community Center Amenities

  • Media center
  • Dance room
  • Community room
  • Club room: equipped with technology from Lenovo
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. 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, air hockey table, foosball table, television and ping pong. 

empty full court view of gymnasium inside chavis park community center


Seats 300, basketball courts and is available as a rental.


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)

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


  • 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


Playgrounds are closed for renovation.

Tennis Court

Tennis court is closed for renovations.

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

Upcoming Events