Erwin Center & Park

Erwin Center PlaygroundThe 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
BLM muralErwin 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.  During the summer of 2020, a Black Lives Matter mural was painted on the Erwin Center basketball court by Ezekiel Clay, Jr.  
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:
Erwin Center
Recreation Center Supervisor - George Fulwood
Assistant Recreation Center Supervisor - Travis Huskey
913 N. Pryor Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
(P.O. Box 1748, Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
704.866.6844 (office)
704.842.5104 (fax)


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


✆ 704-866-6714

⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052