Join the City of Morganton on April 17 at 2 p.m. for a ribbon cutting at the newly-renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 111 Alphabet Lane.
Some new features at the park include a splash pad, walking track, picnic shelter, a wide variety of new playground equipment, and a future outdoor basketball court, providing plenty of options for park-goers to enjoy.
“We are so excited to be able to open the new and improved Martin Luther King Jr. Park,” said Parks and Recreation Director Rob Winkler. “Morganton has more than 400 acres of park lands, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our community yet another outstanding park to enjoy.”
One of the park’s more unique features will be its gravity rail system, which is similar to a zip line and is used by sitting down in a seat and taking a circular zip line-style ride. The park has a splash pad, which is approximately 40 feet in diameter. The base of the splash pad is engraved with words that draw on the theme of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message for equality, such as “Love,” “Forward,” and “Justice.” The park includes Americans with Disabilities Act accessible equipment.
The renovation of the park was made possible by grants from the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation and the Morganton Parks and Recreation Foundation.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the park,” Winkler said. “We’ve built something that our citizens can enjoy for years to come.”