At the Southport Parks & Recreation Department, we work hard to make sure that Southport’s children, teens, and seniors are offered age-appropriate activities that are fully supervised by our trained staff.


Ages: Kindergarten through 4th GRADE

Description: Staff members provide transportation for children from the Parks & Rec facility to school, and pick children up after school.

Children come in after school and get a snack and start on their homework. On  Teachers Work Days we have the children all day for planned field trips or other fun activities.

Schedule: Before school starting at 7:00 am, After School until 5:00 pm

Resident Cost: $50/Week Non-Resident Cost: $60/Week 

Campers will receive one camp t-shirt to wear on Teacher Work Days and trips.


Ages: 5 to 16 years

Game nights are Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday nights.  Coaches pick practice days around this schedule. Games usually begin at 5:30 pm and all games are held in the City Gym.

Cost: The cost per child is $60 for Residents and $70 for non-Residents. We do offer open gym from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm which is free every day unless posted otherwise.


When school gets out for Summer break, we offer field trips and fun activities for the kids such as Jungle Rapids, Bowling Skating, and more.

Summer Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $95 per week for Residents and $105 for non-Residents.

For more information on Parks & Recreation Programs call: Maureen Moore at 910-279-3331 OR 910-457-7945


The City of Southport Parks & Recreation department holds several fun programs throughout the year for the community to enjoy!

  • Movies on the Lawn
    What’s better than sitting under the stars on the Garrison Lawn as the beautiful Cape River River flows by?


    Grab your chair or blanket and join us for a FREE monthly movie on the Garrison Lawn at Ft. Johnston! These family-friendly movies are brought to you by the Southport Parks & Rec department.

    Movies begin at dusk. Free.

  • Easter Craft Goodie Bags
    The Easter Bunny always makes sure that the Southport Parks & Rec department is well stocked with special holiday bags, full of goodies and craft projects!

    When: TBD April 2022

    Location: Parks & Recreation Building, 209 Atlantic Avenue

    Cost: Free. Reserve your Easter crafting bag (choice of youth or senior) by calling 910-457-7945.

  • Southport Summer Concerts
    The Southport Summer Concert Series is held at beautiful Franklin Square Park! Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy an evening of music at this lovely historic location.

    When: Concerts are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. June through September, with the exception of July 1st.

    Location: Franklin Square Park

    Cost: Free.

  • Children’s Crab Derby
    The Annual Children’s Crab Derby, hosted by the City of Southport’s Parks & Recreation Department, is a free family fun event!

    The Crab Derby (catch & release) is held at the recently restored Southport City Dock. After significant damage from Hurricane Matthew, the dock had been closed to the public until its long-awaited repair and grand re-opening in the Spring of 2021.

    Many community members who grew up enjoying the Southport Crab Derby as a highlight of their summer activities can now bring their children to participate in this fun event.

    When: Labor Day Weekend

    Location: Southport City Dock

    Cost: Free

  • Captain Charlie‘s Children’s Fishing Tournament
    The Annual Captain Charlie’s Children’s Fishing Tournament is a Southport tradition! Held at the iconic Southport Fishing Pier, kids enjoy casting a line on the beautiful Cape Fear River.

    When: October

    Where: Southport Fishing Pier, 178 E Bay St.

    Cost: Free

  • Christmas Craft Goodie Bags
    Grab a fun, festive holiday bag filled with crafts to keep you busy and entertained for the holidays! Kids of all ages will enjoy this!

    When: TBD – December 2021

    Location: Santa’s Workshop (the Southport Parks and Recreation Building) at 209 Atlantic Ave.

    Cost: Free. Reserve your Christmas crafting bag (choice of youth or senior) by calling 910-457-7945.


The following is a listing of public parks in Southport.  These facilities may be rented for private functions through the Parks & Recreation Department.

All city parks are open from dawn to dusk.

  • Alvin C. Caviness Park
    This 3/4 acre park contains one full and one half-court basketball arena and children’s playground equipment, as well as a picnic shelter, charcoal grill, and stage.

    Located on West Owens Street between North Caswell Avenue and Clarendon Avenue.

    Restrooms: yes

    Rental Cost: $75 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $150 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Franklin Square Park
    Franklin Square ParkThis 1-acre park’s main attraction is its large gazebo and stage, used primarily for plays and concerts.

    Located on the corner of N. Howe Street and West Street.

    Seating: Benches, picnic table

    Restrooms: yes

    Rental Cost: $150 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $175 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Keziah Park
    Keziah ParkBest known for its 800-year-old Indian Trail Tree, this 1/2 acre park also has a gazebo.  

    Located on the corner of W. Moore & Lord Streets.

    Seating: Benches, picnic table, gazebo

    Restrooms: No

    Rental Cost: $75 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $150 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Kingsley Street Park
    Kingsley ParkKingsley is a passive park with a dock extending out into the Intracoastal waterway with views of the Cape Fear River and islands.

    Located on the corner of Kingsley and East Bay Streets.

    Restrooms: No

    Rental Cost: $75 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $150 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Lowe-White Memorial Park
    Lowe White ParkLowe-White Park is our largest and most varied city park. It has 2 tennis courts, 1/2 basketball court, restrooms, hiking trails, playground equipment, and plenty of room for picnics and other gatherings.

    Located on East Leonard Street.

    Restrooms: No

    Rental Cost: $150 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $175 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Salt Marsh Boardwalk
    Marsh WalkThis long boardwalk begins along Brunswick Avenue on the edges of the busy downtown and ends, essentially, in the middle of nowhere, with incredible views of the Cape Fear River, Elizabeth River, and miles of the waterfront.

    Located on Brunswick Avenue

    Restrooms: No

    Rental Cost: $75 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $150 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.

  • Waterfront Park
    Waterfront ParkWaterfront Park overlooks the Cape Fear River and is equipped with a public fishing pier, sheltered picnic tables, water fountains, lights, and walkways.

    Located on Bay Street between Howe and Davis Streets.

    Seating: Benches, swings, and picnic table under the gazebo.

    Restrooms: No

    Rental Cost: $150 (4 hour minimum) Residents, $175 (4 hour minimum) non-Residents.


606 W West Street, Southport, NC 28461



409 E Nash Street, Southport, NC 28461

TAYLOR FIELD MASTER PLAN: Adopted by the City of Southport Board of Aldermen on April 11th, 2019.

Taylor Field PARTF Site Plan


209 N Atlantic Ave, Southport, NC 28461

Heather Hemphill

Heather Hemphill
Parks & Recreation Director

Cell: (910) 279-1864
Office: (910) 457-7810
[email protected]

Maureen Moore

Maureen Moore
Program Director

Cell: (910) 279-3331
Office: (910) 457-7945
[email protected]