Signage at Optimist Park

Optimist Park

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  • Year 1973 | Acres 30.7 | Landmarks Located behind Sanderson High School in the Northclift Subdivision
  • Trail connects out to Shelley Lake Greenway Trail




Director Susan Adams 
Assistant Director Bryan Garrido


Optimist Park
5900 Whittier Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27609



Community Center

Kids participating in an art program at Optimist

Center Programs

  • Variety of classes and programs for all ages including youth athletics (baseball, basketball, and volleyball), camps, afterschool program, pre-school sports and art classes, badminton, pickleball, and group fitness.
  • Open Play Pickleball

Center Facilities

  • Rentals in our facility require $100 refundable damage deposit and $15 application fee
  • Air-conditioned Gymnasium - 69' x 96', Capacity: 300, $85/hour*
  • Classroom, Capacity: 45, $40/hr
  • Kitchen, $25/hr
  • Outside operating hours fee: Additional $20/hr
  • *No food allowed in the gym


Exterior shot of Optimist Park pool

Director Jimmie Overton

Nature Amphitheater

Optimist Park nature amphitheater outdoors featuring a stadium seat layout with several benches
  • First come, first serve basis
  • Capacity: 25
  • No electricity
  • Located behind the community center, near the walking paths


Shot of exterior tennis courts, eight total, at Optimist Park

Tennis Courts

  • 8 courts
  • Push Button Lighting from Dusk to 10 p.m. (year-round)
  • Has backboards

Courts are typically available first-come, first-serve. View other court locations.


One of three large, open baseball fields at Optimist Park

Youth Baseball Field #1

  • Distance: 183ft
  • Lighting: Yes
Shot of part of a second, slightly larger youth baseball field at Optimist Park

Youth Baseball Field #2

  • Distance: 292ft
  • Lighting: Yes

Older Youth & Adult Field #3

  • Lighting: Yes

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


A large outdoor playground with climbing rocks, a slide, swings and more.

Ages 2-5 and 5-12

  • The playground is designed to be accessible and inclusive, including the rubberized surface and certified playground mulch.
  • Ages 2-5 can enjoy the toddler "expression swings" and log tunnel. "Expression swings" allow the parent and child to face each other while swinging.
  • Ages 5-12 can enjoy the larger play structure, spinner, climbing boulder, and nest swing.

View other playground locations.

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-3:00 pm
1:00 pm-6:00 pm