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Martha Rivers Park


Martha Rivers Park


1515 Neal Hawkins Rd,

Martha Rivers Park

in Gastonia

At Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia, children head straight for “the castle” playground. This park also offers a youth sports complex contains baseball, softball and soccer fields; batting cages; a sand volleyball court; and more.

Martha Rivers Park Amenities

  • Four, lighted soccer fields

  • Three, lighted youth baseball fields

  • One lighted youth softball field

  • Two batting cages

  • Scorers’ tower with a concessions stand and restrooms

  • There is one small play area within the baseball complex area

  • Paved walking trails loop

  • Playground

  • Soccer fields

  • There are two large picnic shelters

  • A sand volleyball court

  • Two horseshoe courts

  • Restrooms

The Playground

The highlight of Martha Rivers Park – a one-acre playground designed by children, and built by hundreds of community volunteers who were organized by a group of dedicated citizens using thousands of private fund donations.  The largely wooden structure, simply referred to as “the castle” consists of multiple levels and includes such features as a fort, a ship, a race car, swings, slides, a sand pit in which to dig “dinosaur” bones, places to hide, things to climb, places to explore and more, all interconnected by a series of ramps and catwalks above a safe, rubberized surface.

Open: Dawn - Dusk, daily.  Lighted outdoor fields operate independently when scheduled.

To reserve a picnic shelter at Martha Rivers Park contact Cirty of Gastonia Parks and Recreation

The office also schedules all field use at Martha Rivers Park.


Martha Rivers Park


1515 Neal Hawkins Rd,



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