Erwin Center & Park
The Erwin Community Center offers programs that include, but are not limited to:
- Youth athletics
- Adult athletics
- Summer camps
- Senior citizen programs and group trips
- Card playing groups
- Youth cooking classes
- Youth leadership development
- Teen leadership clubs
- Babysitting and first aid classes
- Special events
Erwin Center opened in 1961 on 15 acres in the Highland neighborhood of northern Gastonia. The Center was named in honor of Dr. Herbert Erwin. Dr. Erwin was Gaston County's first African American physician and was well known as an advocate for youth sports and activities. The early center housed a game room, meeting room, kitchen, lounge, and offices. The outdoor facilities included a football - baseball field and playground. A full size gymnasium was added in 1967 along with an outdoor basketball court. In 1989-90 a Gaston County Branch library was added. This project was a joint venture between the City's Community Development Department and Gaston County Public Library. Today, the park's outdoor facilities also include a swimming pool, a splash pad (open during the summer months), a grass volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground, tot play area, a large picnic shelter and a walking track.
Currently, the center is closed to the public due to COVID-19. Park areas are open Dawn - Dusk, daily. Lighted outdoor facilities operate independently when scheduled.
Picnic shelters, ball fields and community centers may be rented by families, churches, companies or other groups for a variety of social and business functions. Contact Information:
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