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To serve the leisure needs of the Town through diverse recreation programs and a system of attractive and safe public parks.

To contact the Recreation & Parks Department:
Telephone: 919-918-7364
Century Center: 919-918-7385
Weather Cancellation Recording: 919-918-7373
FAX (Administration): 919-918-4475
FAX (Century Center Info. Office): 919-918-4476
Email: RecParks@townofcarrboro.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Office closed on major holidays
Location: Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., 27510



**Read the information below and then click the above RecConnect button to register.

Managing Your Account
If you're a new customer/patron with us that wishes to register online, please register for a new account through our RecConnect site for online registration.
Once your account has been activated you will be sent a barcode and PIN to the current email you have on file.
If you have an existing account but forgot your password your barcode and PIN can be obtained by selecting the login screen and "forgot password". A reminder email will be sent to your current email address.
Please do not create a new account.

Our Mission

To enrich the leisure needs and quality of life for citizens by providing accessible facilities, creative and diverse recreation opportunities and a safe public park system

Software Update on April 17

We will be upgrading our software program for program registration and facility rentals during the first half of the day on Thursday, April 17. During the morning, all registration and rentals will need to occur in the office (100 North Greensboro Street). Hopefully, later in the day, we will be able to accept online registration and rentals online.

Information concerning the creation of a Cultural Arts and Creativity District is now available at CreativeCarrboro.org and Facebook .


Mindmixer is being implemented to provide an opportunity for the community to respond to other issues and topics that pertain to the Town of Carrboro. Questions, surveys, polls, etc. will be posted for the purpose of getting feedback from citizens, as well as, broaden civic engagement. By creating an account, anyone can become engaged with the issues involving the Town of Carrboro.

One of the first topics that we are looking to engage the Carrboro community is to solicit feedback on the creation of a Carrboro Arts and Creativity District. The Town of Carrboro is using Mindmixer to reach out into the community and gain your ideas, opinions, and comments.

All suggestions and comments will be reviewed and used to help guide decision-making on a variety of issues. Several questions have been posted and you can access them by clicking on the image below:


OUR NEW BROCHURE FOR the SUMMER 2014 Programming Session will be available the week of April 7

Registration for SUMMER Programs and Classes began on May 7 for Carrboro Residents; all others on May 8

Share the Road Share the Read


Coming soon to a park near you -

A traveling BookShare bicycle, loaded with free reading materials to
read on-site or take home

The books you leave with us will be freely distributed and shared
throughout the city's parks in this exciting new pilot program sponsored by Carrboro's Recreation and Parks Commission.

BOOKS may be donated at



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Celebrate Earth Day!
These events for youth and families are designed to bring attention to Earth Day through fun family activities. All events are FREE!

Earth Day Youth Poetry & Art Contest
Youth in grades K-12 can submit art for display and /or an original poem, all themed around Earth Day! Submissions must be based on the themes of the Earth, the Environment, and Nature. Family and friends are invited to the Century Center on Thursday April 24 starting at 6:00pm to view all the art submissions and listen to the young poets.

Categories: (Each Category will have winners from the each of the following Grade Level Groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
" Poetry (may not exceed 80 lines)
" 2D Art (crayons, pencils, paint, ink, markers, photography (at least 8"x10"), collage, digital art)
" 3D Art (ceramics, mixed-media)

Entries and submission forms can be dropped off at the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department Office, located at the Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro, Monday through Friday, between 8:30am-5pm. Deadline: April 11, 2014.

Contact Julie Collins at (919) 918-7392 or email jcollins@townofcarrboro.org for a complete set of rules and guidelines.

Fee: Free

Ages: 6-18

Thu, Apr 24, 2014 Starting at 6:00pm
Century Center

Take a Kid Hiking
Come take a short late afternoon hike at Wilson Park. Hike will be led by Recreation and Park Staff. This is a Parent/Child activity and parents or adult chaperones must be present and participate in the hiking activity. ALL Ages Welcome! No pre-registration needed.

Fee: Free

All Ages

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 6:00 - 7:00pm
Wilson Park

Keep Carrboro Beautiful!
Bring the family out to help clean-up the Town of Carrboro and prevent trash from entering our local streams. Bring your work gloves and dress to be outside. Volunteers will meet at the Century Center at 9:00am and clean-up supplies provided. Scout groups and youth groups are welcome to participate. Contact Julie Collins at (919) 918-7392 or email jcollins@townofcarrboro.org to register your family or group.

Fee: Free

All Ages

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 9:00 - 11:00am
Century Center


The Town of Carrboro recognizes the benefits and interest of having special events within the Carrboro Community. A process has been established for Carrboro citizens and local businesses to propose or inform the Town of Carrboro of programming ideas or intent to hold an event.

The COMMUNITY EVENT GUIDE (pdf.) provides directions on hosting both public and private events in the Town of Carrboro. It includes specific information on renting public facilities, applying for street event permits, and requesting town sponsorship for public events.

Those that have a desire to request support from the Town of Carrboro with their ideas can complete a Requested Town-Sponsored Event Interest Form (docx). Submitted forms will be reviewed by a Town of Carrboro Special Events Committee. The decision for the Town to become a sponsoring partner will be based on some established criteria.

The Community Event Guide and the Requested Town-Sponsored Event Interest Form discussed in detail the steps required for a proposal to be review, as well as the criteria used for the review of the proposal.

All questions pertaining to this process may be directed to the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department at (919) 918-7364 or RecParks@townofcarrboro.org.


Requested Town-Sponsored Event Interest Form
Requested Town-Sponsored Event Interest Form (pdf).


Carrboro Recreation & Parks


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Help make Orange County healthier by sharing this with your friends, families and co-workers.

Healthy Carolinians of Orange County launched Eat Smart, Move More Orange County to reduce the growing problem of family obesity. The campaign uses messages and materials from the statewide Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina campaign to deliver consistent nutrition and physical activity messages in our community.

Eat Smart, Move More Orange County is a movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play, and pray. The Health Promotion Committee of Healthy Carolinians of Orange County developed the campaign plan for Eat Smart, Move More Orange County to help reduce the growing problem of obesity. Campaign participants encourage individuals and families to think differently about what they eat and how much they move; and help people make choices that help them feel good and live healthier.

Input and Evaluation

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department encourages the participants to evaluate all of our programs. We very much appreciate the input and suggestions that we receive.

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These comments can be on your past experience with one of our events or ideas on how to improve the event for the future.

The Recreation and Parks Department is proud to announce a new section to their web site.

"Growing Healthy Foods Challenge "is a web-base instructional module integrating gardening techniques and practices and nutrition basics using a STAR module. The module will present a challenge (to grow half of the food for a gathering of six to eight people), which will act as a unifying theme for the unit.

Gardening content will involve gardening techniques, the use of community gardens, a local program that promotes healthy eating among families, and how to plan and schedule a garden for the entire year.

Nutrition content will relate to major nutrients and their food sources, eating plans, and how to interpret the information on food-labels. Some healthy recipes are included in the presentation.

The site can be accessed at:

Comments or additional information about gardening, recipes, or healthy eating in general is welcome.

The Orange County Public Library has a Carrboro Cybrary Branch located in the Century Center.

For information concerning the hours of the Carrboro Cybrary, and programs that are being offered, please click on the above icon.

For information on the Carrboro Branch Library, please click the following link:

Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle Middle School


The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is proud to be one of a network of agencies and citizens working together to promote health and wellnesss in Orange County. HCOC is currently developing and carrying out initiatives to address various health issues that were identified in the 2007 Commuity Health Assessment. To learn more- visit their web site

Carrboro Parks Project continues to lend a helping hand

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is fortunate to have some groups that contribute their time and effort toward specific issues and projects within our community. One of these groups is the Carrboro Parks Project.

"The Town of Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department and The Carrboro Parks Project are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Anderson Park Disc Golf Course. This project is a result of the fundraising efforts of the Carrboro Parks Project and the help of numerous citizens and businesses. We would like to thank all of those who helped make this course a reality!

If you would like to become involved in this or other parks and recreation projects, contact Carrboro Parks Project. or visit their webpage at Carrboroparks.org


  • Hillsborough Road Park is renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Park


  • Board of Aldermen approves the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park MASTER PLAN.


"The Town of Carrboro has made an ongoing commitment to bicycle facility planning since the mid-1970s. Over the past 25 years, the town has utilized its bonding authority to develop bike lanes and bike paths, has worked cooperatively to include bike lanes in all state road improvement projects, and has amended its street standards to include bike lanes as a requirement on all collector roads. In recognition of these accomplishments, Carrboro was recently recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists."

A Map of Carrboro's biking facilities


The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is recruiting volunteers for it's YOUTH ATHLETIC programs and it's SPECIAL EVENTS. Anyone interested in volunteering should complete a VOLUNTEER INTEREST Application and return it to the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department.

If you have any questions on this volunteer position or any of the other volunteer opportunities within the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department, please call 918-7364 or visit the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES section of this web site.


Much of the vitality of life in Carrboro is due to the active involvement of citizens in the community. Volunteers of all ages regularly share their talents, skills, and ideas by planning or assisting with large events, serving on town advisory boards, or coaching a youth sports team. While some activities require the contribution of many hours, other opportunities call for only a few hours of time. Contribute to the Carrboro community-

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Plan for the future while serving on the Recreation and Parks Advisory commission or other town boards. Discover community history and the unique aspects of Carrboro by planning Carrboro Day. Have Fun helping with the July 4th Celebration or a Century Center event! Help youth develop skills as you coach baseball, field hockey or another sport. Encourage and cheer an athlete at Senior Games! Share your knowledge and talents with others through exhibits, performances or workshops. Enjoy new Friends! Celebrate Community! Get involved-today!
Do you need space for that picnic or dance? Check out our facilities that are for rent at our parks or inside the Century Center.
LOCAL PERFORMING ARTISTS are featured throughout the year at various recreation programs. If you are interested in sharing your talents and skills and would like to be considered for future programs, please contact the department at 918-7364.
The Carrboro Arts Committee invites local artists to exhibit their work at Town Hall and the Century Center. If interested please contact: Rah Trost @ 918-7367 or rtrost@townofcarrboro.org .
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