Mooresville's Recreation Options Put More Fun in Life

By Renee Elder on May 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Cherry

Most folks in Mooresville work hard, but they play hard, too. And in a city known for an abundance of clear skies and warm weather, residents are often seen heading outdoors to walk, bike, skate or go boating and fishing. The Mooresville Town Council has taken note of this penchant for active lifestyles and is investing heavily in municipal parks and recreation facilities. The city's nine parks, greenway, skate park and other amenities make it one of the most recreation-friendly small towns in the region.

Parks, Playgrounds and Trails

The Mooresville Recreation and Parks Department currently operates seven tennis courts, eight outdoor basketball courts, six lighted ball fields and a gym for volleyball, badminton and basketball. Under way are several exciting new projects, including the Dye Creek greenway that will run from downtown to the new Bellingham Park; a 100-acre facility on Mazeppa Road with tennis and basketball courts, a softball/baseball complex, lake, walking trails, dog park and more; the John Franklin Moore Memorial Park featuring an interactive water fountain and pavilion downtown; and a 75-acre park on Cornelius Road. The popular Mooresville Skate Park on West Iredell Avenue, which opened in 2008, draws skateboarders and rollerbladers who enjoy the challenges of maneuvering over its ramps, grind boxes, stairs and rails.

Fun on the Lake

Just a short drive away from town is Lake Norman, part of the North Carolina state park system. Lake Norman has 32,510 acres for skiing, boating and fishing. Although much of the shoreline is private, public access is available at Stumpy Creek Park and Boat Launch.

Indoor Entertainment

A variety of indoor activities are available at the 57,000-square-foot Lowe's YMCA on Joe V. Knox Avenue. This Y offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, exercise studios, a wellness center, indoor water park, walking track and much more. Other entertaining options are found at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville, which has meeting rooms, banquet halls and a regular schedule of cultural arts performances.

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